Citizens Assembly voting on manner in which referendums are held
Members of the Citizens Assembly are currently voting on a number of recommendations on 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.
The 99 members of the assembly finalised the draft recommendations before they began voting on the proposals at 1pm.
Among the draft recommendations are setting up a permanent Electoral Commission to include the Referendum Commission, empowering it to check and correct campaign claims, allowing the use of public money in campaigns, the introduction of spending limits, the holding of multiple referendums at the same time and proposals to increase voter turnout.
Counting of the ballots will being immediately after the voting takes place.
The results should be known by 3.30pm and ballots that are passed will then go to the Oireachtas for further consideration at a later date.Source: Google News