Thursday, March 07, 2019

A NUMBER of councillors are calling for an overhaul of the electoral register and a move towards the digitalisation of democracy.

Elected representatives asked at the February meeting of full council for a review of the register, subject to the apropriate protection of privacy.

Councillors Pádraig McEvoy, Paddy Kennedy, Anthony Larkin, Teresa Murray and Morgan McCabe asked that the system would allow the Central Statistical Office to conduct online surveys, local authorities to conduct online consultation and local authorities to conduct online plebiscites.

They asked also that a PPS number be used as evidence to link an elector to an address.

Cllr Robert Power supported the proposal.

“Any effort to reach out to more people and encourage them to vote or participate in local politics is welcome,” he said.

“We are looking towards the digitalisation of democracy  and increasing participation. It is valuable to get as wide an input as possible.”

Cllr Theresa Murray agreed and noted that such a move would be the first time the maintenance of the register was looked at since the establishment of the state.

The Department of Housing, Planning and Local Government is currently facilitating a public consultation process regarding reform of the electoral register process.

Director of services Tadhg McDonnell said open government is allowing people to make submissions.

“There is an opportunity now that wasn’t there,” he said.

The members were told that 15 March is the closing date for making submissions.

Information on this has been published on the council’s website:

http://www.kildare.ie/countycouncil/corporateservices/registerofelectors/

 

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By Lynda Doyle
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