Monday 20 November 2017

Thinktank to vote on its first changes to Constitution

Fionnan Sheahan

Fionnan Sheahan

THE new thinktank on the Constitution is making its first decisions on potential changes this morning.

On its second day of deliberations, the Convention on the Constitution is deciding whether to recommend reducing the voting age and shortening the term of the Presidency.

Its proposals will go back to the Government, which can decide to accept or reject.

A recommendation that is accepted will go to a referendum.

The Convention is made up of 100 members - 66 ordinary members, 33 politicians and an independent chairman.

Yesterday, it spent the day weighing up the pros and cons of the first two items on its agenda.

Members are voting this morning on whether to leave the voting age at 18, reduce to 17 or 16.

The body is also voting on maintaining the presidential term at seven years or reducing it to five years and holding it on the same day as the local and European elections.

The Convention is sitting for eight weekends over the course of the year.

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