Following the moving of writ in Dáil Eireann, Mr. Alan Kelly, T.D., Minister for the Environment, Community and Local Government has made an order today (29 April 2015) appointing Friday 22 May 2015 as the polling day for the Carlow-Kilkenny bye-election. Polling will take place between the hours of 7.00 a.m. and 10.00 p.m.
To stand for election to Dáil Éireann, a person must be a citizen of Ireland and at least 21 years of age by polling day. A person may nominate himself or herself as a candidate or, with his or her consent, may be nominated by a person who is registered as an elector in the constituency concerned. A candidate not in possession of a certificate of political affiliation (confirmation that a person is a candidate of a political party registered in the register of political parties) must have their nomination completed using either of the following options: (i) by way of assents, requiring the completion of statutory declarations by 30 assentors registered in the relevant Dáil constituency, or (ii) by way of the candidate, or someone on his or her behalf, lodging a deposit of €500 with the returning officer. The latest time for receiving nominations is 12 noon on Friday 8 May 2015. Candidates may withdraw their nominations up to 12 noon on Saturday 9 May 2015.
Every Irish and British citizen included in the register of electors in the Carlow-Kilkenny constituency may vote at the bye-election. The electorate for Carlow-Kilkenny is 103,801.
People who are eligible to vote at the bye-election but who are not registered still have time to apply for entry in the supplement to the register of electors to be published before polling day. To be eligible for inclusion in the supplement a person must be 18 years of age or over on or before polling day and must be ordinarily resident in the constituency. For inclusion in the supplement to the register, a person completes the relevant application form (RFA2), which can be downloaded from www.checktheregister.ie or can be obtained from City, County or City and County Councils (registration authorities). Application forms will need to be received by the registration authority for the area in which the applicant is resident not later than Tuesday 5 May 2015.
The making of the Polling Day Order for the bye-election in Carlow-Kilkenny has the effect of extending for all constituencies the period for getting on the supplement to the Postal and Special Voters lists for all polls being taken on 22 May 2015. The previous deadline of 25 April 2015 is now extended to Friday 1 May 2015. Application forms are available from registration authorities who will advise people of the appropriate arrangements for the completion of the relevant form. Completed forms must be received by the registration authority not later than Friday 1 May 2015.