Electoral register ‘seriously inaccurate’ – Ó Snodaigh
Dublin South Central Sinn Féin TD Aengus Ó Snodaigh has received information which suggests that the Electoral Register for Dublin City Council's is seriously flawed and inaccurate with only 4 of the 9 electoral areas in the city area having been enumerated last year. The information also pointed to huge problems around apartment blocks with only an accuracy of around 20%.
Each year enumerators are to visit each home in the city to check the accuracy of the Electoral Register and if nobody is home they leave a registration form.
Deputy Ó Snodaigh said:
“Due to a lack of staff less than half of city was enumerated last year with areas such as Crumlin, Beaumont, Walkinstown, Clontarf, Raheny, Ballyfermot, Chapelizod, Dublin 8, Cabra and Artane untouched. This left untold citizens potentially denied the right to vote.”
Ó Snodaigh called for the immediate establishment of the Electoral Commission and for Minister of the Environment Alan Kelly to give the Commission the responsibility to ensure the annual updating of the Electoral Register is carried out properly. He also said that given new technology there should no problem undertaking a rolling register.
“The information I have raises serious questions regarding the accuracy of the electoral register and the potential disenfranchisement of so many citizens, especially given the forthcoming referenda.”