Voters left 'confused' by Seanad poll ballot
CONFUSION over the wording on the ballot papers in the Seanad referendum resulted in one in five voters casting their vote "the wrong way", new research reveals.
Over half of voters said the ballot paper caused confusion.
But Taoiseach Enda Kenny said there will be no rerun of the Seanad vote and any reforms would have to be carried out under existing legislation.
Mr Kenny said the Referendum Commission's research following the referendum revealed a high level of confusion. It showed that the "No" vote would have been even higher if voters had understood the ballot paper properly.
The Referendum Commission said that 13pc of those who voted "Yes" for the Seanad to be abolished actually wanted to retain it. And 6pc who voted "No" to retain the Seanad actually wanted to abolish it.
In total, 55pc of voters were confused by the ballot paper in the referendum, saying they found it quite difficult or very difficult to tell what they were being asked to vote for.
But the Referendum Commission's report said the voter confusion did not affect the result of the referendum. It called for the law to be changed so that questions put to voters are clear and not misleading.
Under current law, the question must contain the title of the bill being voted on -- this title is usually long and confusing.
The Referendum Commission expressed concern about the relatively low turnout of 39.2pc, even though this was a modest increase on the 33.5pc turnout in the Children's Referendum last year.