Committee Reports::Joint Committee on Interim, 2nd Interim, 3rd Interim and Final Reports - Electoral Law ::17 August, 1960::Proceedings of the Joint Committee



Dé Céadaoin, 17 Lúnasa, 1960.

Wednesday, 17th August, 1960.

1. The Joint Committee met at 3 p.m.

2. Members Present.

The following members were present:—

Deputy Healy (in the Chair), Deputies Seán Browne, Cosgrave, Jones, Kitt, Loughman, Moloney, Norton, O’Sullivan and Sweetman, Senators Cole, Lenihan, L’Estrange, Murphy, Ó Maoláin and O’Quigley.

3. The Joint Committee deliberated.

4. Interim Report of Joint Committee.

The Chairman brought forward a Draft Interim Report for consideration.

(i) Paragraphs 1 to 6, inclusive, agreed to.

(ii) Paragraph 7.

Paragraph read as follows:

“Under these proposals, a member of the Garda Síochána would be registered to vote as a postal voter at both Dáil and local elections. He would, however, have the choice of being registered either in the constituency or electoral area where he is stationed or in that where, but for his service, he would be ordinarily resident.”

Amendment proposed (Deputy Loughman):

“In line 3, to add to the first sentence of the paragraph the words ‘in the area in which he is ordinarily resident’ and to delete, in lines 3 to 6, the second sentence of the paragraph.”

Amendment agreed to.

Paragraph, as amended, agreed to.

(iii) Paragraphs 8, 9 and 10 agreed to.

(iv) Paragraph 11 agreed to, Deputy Moloney dissenting.

(v) Paragraphs 12 and 13 agreed to.

(vi) Paragraph 14.

Paragraph read as follows:

“The Joint Committee considers that the interests of blind and incapacitated persons would best be served by restricting the class of persons who may act as companions to persons who, having attained the age of 21 years, are the father, mother, brother, sister, husband, wife, son or daughter of the blind or incapacitated voter, and, accordingly, recommends acceptance of the proposal, subject to this restriction.”

Amendment proposed (Deputy Cosgrave):

“In lines 1 to 7, to delete all words after ‘Committee’ and substitute ‘recommends acceptance of the proposal subject to the restrictions:—

(i) that an agent of a candidate may require the presiding officer to challenge the voter or his companion and insist on an oath being taken;

(ii) that a companion may act for one person only;

(iii) that a companion may not be either a candidate or an agent of a candidate; and

(iv) that a companion must complete a declaration of secrecy’.”

Amendment agreed to.

Paragraph, as amended, agreed to.

Draft Interim Report, as amended, agreed to.

Ordered: To report accordingly to the Dáil and to the Seanad.

5. Adjournment.

The Joint Committee adjourned at 5 p.m. until 3 p.m. on Wednesday, 5th October, 1960.