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Tipperary General Election Vote To Go Ahead On Saturday

Electoral staff in Co. Tipperary have been finally informed that a General Election vote will go ahead on Saturday next, in the constituency.

Same follows extensive legal consultation in the office of the Attorney General over the past 24 hours.

The AG’s Office have examined legal arguments that claimed a delay to the Tipperary vote could be unconstitutional, because the Constitution states an election has to be held within 30 days of the dissolution of the Dáil.

DÁIL ÉIREANN – ARTICLE 16
A general election for members of Dáil Éireann shall take place not later than thirty days after a dissolution of Dáil Éireann.

Mr James Seymour, the Returning Officer for Co. Tipperary, stated that he has received “unofficial notification” to proceed with preparation for polling on Saturday February 8th, and expects a ministerial order to be issued later today to that effect.

It is understood that the existing ballot paper will be used in the election, which will contain the name of the late lamented Ms Marese Skehan.

Mr Seymour officially thanked the people of Tipperary for their understanding and patience; including the 700 staff who remained on standby and who are involved in the elections over all administration.

Polling stations will open from 7:00am to 10:00pm on Saturday next with the sorting and counting of votes beginning at 9:00am on Sunday morning.

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