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Minister for Communications must ensure fairness and balance with elections - Brian Stanley TD

19 December, 2017 - by Brian Stanley TD

Speaking today, Sinn Féin Spokesperson on Communications Brian Stanley TD, said that with impending referendum next year and a possible general election, there is a need for a permanent and independent election commission to ensure balance and fairness. 

The Communications Minister yesterday asked for clarity on referendum rules.

The Laois TD said:

“An electoral commission would ensure fairness and balance with both referenda and elections. Currently the practice is at every referendum there is a body established on an ad hoc basis. We need a permanent, statutory based body with a broader remit.

“This was promised by previous governments, but has come to nothing and we are one of few countries without such a body. Sinn Féin have consistently called for such a structure to be established.

“We cannot do this on an ad hoc basis, with a framework of fragmented rules.

"It needs to be on a statutory basis. This must be overseen in an independent, fair and professional manner, in elections and referenda going forward."

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