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Electoral Legislation

The Law relating to Local Elections is contained in the following:


  • Local Elections Regulations 1995, as amended by the Electoral (Amendment Act 1996)
  • Electoral Act 1997
  • Electoral (Amendment) Act 2001
  • Electoral Amendment Act 2002
  • Local Government (No. 2) Act 2003
  • Electoral Amendment Act 2006
  • Electoral Amendment Act 2009
  • Electoral (Amendment) Regulations 2009 (S.I.75 of 2009)


In general these Acts provide for the conduct of Elections including nominations, postal voting, special voting, arrangements for the Poll, the taking of the poll, procedure and facilities for voting, counting of votes, rules for the counting of votes and electoral offences. Other relevant statutory provisions include the:


  • Electoral Polling Scheme Regulations 2005(Polling Schemes).


  • Local Elections (Disclosure of Donations and Expenditure) Act 1999 as amended by the Electoral (Amendment) Act 2001, the Electoral (Amendment) Act 2002 and the Electoral (Amendment) Act 2009.


  • Local Elections (Petitions and Disqualifications) Act 1974.


  • Electoral Act 1992 as amended by the Electoral (Amendment) Act 1996, the Electoral  Act 1997, the Electoral (Amendment) Act 2001, the Electoral (Amendment) Act 2002, the Electoral (Amendment) Act 2006 and the Electoral (Amendment) Act 2007.


  • Parts III & IV of the Local Government Act 2001.


  • The Local Government (No. 2) Act 2003.


  • Local Government Reform Act 2014 - amended elements of Parts III and IV of the Local Government Act 2001 and makes particular provision in Section 28 for the 2014 local elections.


  • Electoral (Amendment) Regulations 2019 (S.I. No. 76 of 2019)  – specify the documents that a voter may be required to produce at a polling station and as an assentor to the nomination of a non-party candidate to the person witnessing a statutory declaration (Sections 2(a) and (b)).


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