Local Elections 2019
LOCAL ELECTIONS 2019
Local Elections will be held on the 24th May 2019 to elect 39 Members representing 7 Local Electoral Areas on Galway County Council.
Name of Local Electoral Area
Number of Members to be elected for each Local Electoral Area
The following is a detailed description setting out the electoral divisions that comprise each recommended local electoral area:
BECOMING A CANDIDATE:
A person may nominate himself or herself as a candidate or, with his or her consent, may be nominated by a person who is registered as a local government elector in the local electoral area where the candidate proposes to stand for election
The period for receipt of nominations commences at 10.00am on Saturday, 27th April, 2019 and ends at 12.00 noon on Saturday, 4th May, 2019.
- Who is Eligible:
- Nomination Process:
- Expenditure and Donations:
- Election Poster Guidelines:
- Further Information:
Eligibility For Election to a Local Authority
(a) Every Irish citizen and every person ordinarily resident in the State, who has reached the age of 18, who is not subject to any of the disqualifications outlined in paragraph (b) below, is eligible for election;
(b) A person is disqualified for election to a local authority if he/she -
- is a member of the Commission of the European Communities, or
- is a member of the European Parliament, or
- is a Judge, Advocate General or Registrar of the Court of Justice of the European Communities, or
- is a member of the Court of Auditors of the European Communities, or
- is a member of Dáil Éireann or Seanad Éireann, or
- is appointed under the Constitution as a Judge or as the Comptroller and Auditor General, or
- is a member of the Garda Síochána, or
- is a full time member of the Defence Forces, or
- is a civil servant who is not by the terms of his or her employment expressly permitted to be a member of a local authority, or
- is a person employed by a local authority and is not the holder of a class, description or grade of employment designated by order under section 161(1)(b) of the Local Government Act 2001, or
- is a person employed by the Health Service Executive and is at a grade or of a description of employment designated by order of the Minister for Health and Children, or
- is undergoing a sentence of imprisonment for any term exceeding 6 months imposed by a court of competent jurisdiction in the State, or
- fails to pay any sum or any portion of any sum charged or surcharged by an auditor of the accounts of any local authority upon or against that person, or
- fails to comply with a final judgement, order or decree of a court of competent jurisdiction, for payment of money due to a local authority, or
- is convicted of, or has had a conviction confirmed on appeal for, an offence relating to fraudulent or dishonest dealings affecting a local authority or corrupt practice or acting when disqualified.
(Local Government Act 2001, as amended – sections 13 and 13A).
A person in any of the categories listed above is also disqualified from nomination for election (Local Government Act 2001 – section 2(4))
Nomination commences at 10.00am on Saturday, 27th April, 2019 and ends at 12.00 noon on Saturday, 4th May, 2019.
Nomination Paper(s) are available as follows:
- From Corporate Services Department, 2nd Floor, Áras an Chontae, Prospect Hill, Galway, H91 H6KX.
- By phone on 091 509310
- By email to firstname.lastname@example.org
Nominations must be on the official form, LE1 Form as directed by the Minister and a separate nomination paper is required for each local electoral area for which a candidate is nominated.
A candidate may include in their nomination paper the name of the political party, registered in the Register of Political Parties, of which they are a candidate, provided a certificate in the specified form authenticating their candidature is produced to the Returning Officer at the time the nomination paper is delivered.
A candidate who is not a candidate of a registered political party may, if they so wish, include the expression “Non-Party” after their name on the nomination paper. A description such as “Independent” is not permissible. A candidate is permitted to leave blank the space provided on the nomination paper for the political party.
A non-party candidate at a local election (i.e. who is not in possession of a certificate of political affiliation authenticating the candidature of a candidate on behalf of a political party registered in the Register of Political Parties), must comply with one or other of the following procedures before the expiration of the time for receiving nominations:
(i) completion of statutory declarations by 15 assentors registered as local electors in the electoral area concerned which must be witnessed by a Commissioner for Oaths, a Peace Commissioner, a Notary Public, a member of the Garda Síochána or an official of the registration authority,
(ii) the candidate, or someone on his or her behalf, lodging a deposit of €100.
Methods of payment for lodging a deposit of €100.00 include Cash or Postal Orders made payable to Galway County Council.
Nominations will be received in advance by appointment only with the Returning Officer, Mr. Alan Farrell, within the dates specified above. To make your appointment or if you have any queries please email email@example.com
The Local Elections (Disclosure of Donations and Expenditure) Act 1999 provides for an expenditure and donations disclosure regime at local elections. These guidelines are concerned with the statutory obligations for candidates, national agents, designated persons and persons unconnected to a political party or candidate (third parties) at the forthcoming local elections and are issued pursuant to section 18(6) of the Act.
Spending limits, first introduced for the 2009 local elections, were revised by the Local Government Reform Act 2014.The limit depends on the population of the local electoral area, as follows:
Local electoral area population and candidate spending limit
- Population in excess of 35,000 - €13,000
- Population between 18,001 and 35,000 - €11,500
- Population of 18,000 or less - €9,750
Candidates nominated by a political party are deemed to automatically allocate 10% of their spending limit to the party’s national agent. For example, a party candidate with a limit of 13,000 euro would be deemed to automatically allocate 1,300 euro for use by the party. Their effective limit would therefore be 11,700 euro. The 10% figure can be varied upwards or downwards by written agreement between the candidate and national agent.
Election spending incurred during a period before the election must be reported to the local authority concerned and must be below the specified limit. The date of commencement of the spending period is set out in an order made by the Minister before the election and must commence between 50 and 60 days before polling day.
The following rules apply for donations
- The maximum amount that can be accepted in the same calendar year by a member of a local authority or by a local election candidate from the same source is 1,000 euro.
- Details of donations which exceed 600 euro must be disclosed in a statement made to the local authority.
- A candidate or member of a local authority who receives a monetary donation that exceeds 100 euro must open and maintain a political donations account in a financial institution.
Certain donations are restricted
- It is prohibited to accept a donation from an anonymous source which exceeds 100 euro.
- Donations in cash which exceed 200 euro are also prohibited.
There are specific rules covering corporate donations which exceed 200 euro – the donor must be registered with the Standards in Public Office Commission and evidence that the donation was approved by the corporate body must be provided.
Guidelines for Candidates on the Disclosure of Donations and Expenditure, Spending Limits and Political Donation Accounts at the Local Elections on 24 May 2019
Guidelines for National Agents and Designated Persons of Political Parties and Third Parties on the Disclosure of Election Expenditure, Spending Limits and Political Donation Accounts at the Local Elections on 24 May 2019
The Legislation governing placement of posters at election time is The Litter Pollution Act 1997 as amended by the Electoral (Amendment)(No. 2) Act 2009. The legislation provides that erection of posters is only permitted from the date the order is made by the Minister appointing the polling day or 30 days prior to the date of the poll, whichever is the shorter period. The order for the Local and European Elections was made on the 25th March 2019. As a result the shorter period will apply which is 30 days prior to the date of the poll.
Therefore, posters will be permitted from Wednesday 24th April 2019 until midnight on the 31st May 2019.
It has been our experience in previous elections that numerous complaints have been received from motorists and pedestrians in relation to safety issues associated with election posters. Our own staff have also raised a number of concerns. The main issues relate to the following:
- Posters that are obscuring the visibility of traffic/pedestrian signals and traffic signs. Many of the problems are caused by posters that are erected on poles adjacent to signals or signs
- Posters that are below head height or resting on the ground. These posters can cause obstructions on footpaths and are particularly hazardous to the visually impaired
- Protruding cable ties that are at a level that could cause injury to pedestrians, particularly children
Where Galway County Council staff become aware of posters that are considered to be causing a hazard they will be removed and disposed of.
The following guidelines may be helpful in ensuring that posters are not a hazard to the public
- Posters should be erected at a minimum height of 2.3 metres above footpaths, cycle tracks or any area to which pedestrians have access
- Posters should not be erected on lamp standards with overhead line electricity feed, traffic signal poles, bridge parapets, overpasses, pedestrian bridges, or roadside traffic barriers
- Posters should not obscure statutory road signs or traffic/pedestrian signals in any way
- Posters should be securely fixed to poles with cable ties or similar material to facilitate removal without damage to the poles
Election posters may not be displayed within 50 metres of a polling station. This restriction takes effect 30 minutes before the official commencement of polling and lasts until 30 minutes after the polls have closed. Posters must include the name and address of the printer also.