Mini-election teaches pupils a lesson
The mini-election took place yesterday at Carysfort National School in Arklow, Co Wicklow, where polling booths were set up and votes were cast.
An enthusiastic campaign ran in the preceding weeks with heartfelt promises of free lollipops for all, all-day PE classes and a ban on homework.
Even the teachers were enticed to vote, with the pledge of a staff sauna should the right candidate be elected.
The project, which runs at the school during each general election, proved very popular and went a long way to educating the children of how the voting system works and what elections are all about.
"The children canvassed up until Thursday and were very enthusiastic about the election. It went down really well. The school serves as a polling station so we were able to set up the booths for the event," said principal Janet Nuzum.