Citizens' Assembly votes on manner in which referendums are held
The Citizens' Assembly has made a number of recommendations in relation to the holding of referendums.
When the Assembly was set up, it was charged with examining five issues and the manner in which referendums are held is the fourth issue.
The 99 members of the Assembly finalised the draft recommendations before they began voting on the proposals at 1pm.
A total of 11 questions appeared on the ballot and the recommendations were reached by majority vote.
Among the recommendations the Assembly voted for included: the establishment of a permanent Electoral Commission to include the Referendum Commission; spending limits in referendum campaigns and a ban on anonymous donations to political parties.
The Assembly also voted on a number of measures to enhance voter turnout in referendums including weekend voting, online voting and a wider availability of p ostal voting.
The ballots passed will now go to the Oireachtas for further consideration.
The Chair of the Assembly Ms Justice Mary Laffoy said: "Throughout this weekend, we have considered the way in which referendums are held in Ireland from the historical position to the legal regulation of campaigns to voter turnout, super referendums, repeat referendums, citizens' initiatives and direct democracy.
"We have made important recommendations in all of these areas.
"You have made your recommendations known through your vote on the ballot. I will now fulfil the next step of the terms of reference.
"I will aim to finalise the report and furnish it to the House of the Oireachtas as soon as possible," said Ms Justice Laffoy.Source: Google News