Referendum Commission urges Westmeath to get informed and vote

The Referendum Commission is calling on the people of Westmeath to inform themselves and to use their vote on Saturday November 10. The call comes as the Referendum Commission launches its public information campaign on the Children Referendum.

Commenting at the launch the Commission chairperson, Ms Justice Mary Finlay Geoghegan said: “The role of the Referendum Commission as set out in law is to give a general explanation of the subject matter of the referendum proposal. The Commission’s role is also to raise awareness of the referendum and to encourage people to vote.”

The Commission has written a Guide to the Children Referendum proposal which will be made available to all voters. “The distribution of our guide has begun and it will go to just over two million homes in the State. Distribution will take about 10 days. This guide aims to describe the proposal as clearly as possible and includes the text of the proposed new article and relevant existing articles of the Constitution.

“More detailed background information and useful links will be available on our website referendum2012.ie We will be running an extensive public information campaign in all media seeking to explain the proposal and encourage people to vote and this will begin on radio and television, in newspapers and online in a couple of days time,” she added.

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