Written Answers - Election Management System

Tuesday, 6 March 2012

Dáil Éireann Debate
Vol. 758 No. 1

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  345.  Deputy John O’Mahony  Information on John O'Mahony  Zoom on John O'Mahony   asked the Minister for the Environment, Community and Local Government  Information on Philip Hogan  Zoom on Philip Hogan   if a commission has been set up to review the European election constituencies; if so, the terms of reference of the commission; when it is expected to report; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [12224/12]

Minister for the Environment, Community and Local Government (Deputy Phil Hogan): Information on Philip Hogan  Zoom on Philip Hogan  Section 5(1) of the Electoral Act 1997, as amended, requires that a Constituency Commission be established to review Dáil and European Parliament constituencies following the publication by the Central Statistics Office (CSO) of the preliminary results of a Census. Following the publication of the preliminary results of the 2011 census by the CSO last year I established a Constituency Commission.

Section 6 of the 1997 Act, as amended, sets out the functions of a Constituency Commission as follows:

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Section 9(1) of the Electoral Act 1997, as amended, requires a Constituency Commission to present its report to the Chairman of the Dáil no later than three months after the publication by the CSO of the final results of the Census in respect of the total population of the State. I understand that the CSO intends to publish the final results of the 2011 Census at the end of March 2012.


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