Seanad voting deadline approaches

Galwegians eligible to vote on the NUI panel in the Seanad Éireann elections must post their votes as soon as possible to arrive at the NUI offices in Dublin by 11am on Wednesday April 27.

Seanad Éireann Independent candidate Peter Mooney, who is running on the NUI panel, is calling on voters to get their votes in quickly as the Easter holidays will “slow the postal system due to non-working days”.

Mr Mooney, a founder of the Simon Community in Ireland, said he “particularly wanted to appeal to parents of people who are still registered at their original home address, to forward the ballot papers to their children in time for them to exercise their right to vote.”

Mr Mooney is campaigning on a platform of reforming the Seanad which currently has a restricted electoral system which is widely viewed as undemocratic and elitist.

“I want to reform the Seanad,” he said.

“I believe the current Seanad voting system, where only two per cent of the population can vote is unfair, compared to 75 per cent of the population who can vote in the general election.

“And I will strive to get voting extended to all if elected,” he concluded

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