Holding the presidential election on Thursday October 27 will deny many young people the opportunity to vote on who should be our next head of State.
This is the view of Galway City Ógra Fianna Fáil spokesperson Aoife Golden who has hit out at the Government’s chosen date for the election and she called for it to be reversed so polling day could be on a weekend.
“Midweek polling prevents many students and employees living or working outside the constituency from exercising their democratic franchise,” she said.
Ógra Fianna Fáil recently launched a campaign calling on the Government to keep its commitment of holding polling in elections and referenda at weekends. As part of the campaign Ógra has launched an email lobby tool on the organisation’s website which allows members of the public to log onto www.ogra.ie and using the email campaign tool to send a message to the Government.
Ógra has set a target of more than 10,000 emails to be delivered from members of the public over the next month.