Committee Reports::Joint Committee on Interim, 2nd Interim, 3rd Interim and Final Reports - Electoral Law ::24 May, 1961::Proceedings of the Joint Committee



Dé Céadaoin, 24 Bealtaine, 1961.

Wednesday, 24th May, 1961.

1. Chruinnigh an Comhchoiste ar 5.30 p.m.

2. Comhaltaí i Láthair.

Bhí na comhaltaí seo a leanas i láthair:—

An Teachta Ó hÉaluighthe (i gCeannas), na Teachtaí Booth, Seán de Brún, Mac Cosgair, Mac Seoin, Ó Ceit, Loughman, Mac Coilín, Ó Maoldhomhnaigh, Ó Neachtain agus Ó Súilleabháin, na Seanadóirí Mac Giolla Chomhghaill, Stráinse, Ó Maoláin agus Ó Riain.

3. An Dréacht-Tuarascáil Dheiridhón gComhchoiste.

D’athchrom an Comhchoiste ar bhreithniú a dhéanamh ar an Dréacht-Tuarascáil Dheiridh.

(i) Aontaíodh mír 19.

(ii) Mír nua.

Tairgeadh leasú (An Seanadóir Ó Maoláin):

“Before paragraph 20 to insert a new paragraph as follows:—

‘If the Joint Committee’s recommendation, in paragraph 12 above, that registration duties be transferred from county registrars to local authorities is implemented, this proposal will require modification. The Committee recommends that the principle should be followed that one half of all registration expenses should be borne by the State and one half by local authorities and that no special apportionment should be attempted with a view to continuing local authorities liability for the national expenses of compiling the jurors lists’.”

Cuireadh agus aontaíodh an Cheist:— “Go gcuirfear an mhír nua isteach ansin”.

(iii) Mír 20.

Léadh an mhír mar a leanas:

“The Joint Committee recommends this proposal.”

Tairgeadh leasú (An Teachta Mac Giolla Chomhghaill):

“To add to the paragraph the following words”, but would like to see the penalty put at £10 instead of £5’.”

Aontaíodh an leasú.

Aontaíodh an mhír, mar a leasaíodh.

(iv) Aontaíodh míreanna 21 go 28 go huile.

(v) Mír 29.

Léadh an mhír mar a leanas:

“However, the extension of postal voting facilities to such persons would not necessarily remedy this, especially where the address of the persons concerned changes from day to day. Further, if postal voting facilities were extended to one class of persons it could be argued that it should be extended to all classes similarly circumstanced, including those who move their residence from the address at which they are registered, and possibly even persons on holidays on polling day. The numbers involved in such an extension would be very great. The Joint Committee does not consider that the resulting greatly increased risk of abuse would be justified. Accordingly, the Committee does not recommend any further extension of these facilities.”

Tairgeadh leasú (An Teachta Ó Maoldhomhnaigh):

“To add to the paragraph the following words:

‘Neither does it see any merit in a suggestion put to it that prisoners should be allowed to vote by post or that special facilities for voting should be provided in prisons’.”

Aontaíodh an leasú.

Aontaíodh an mhír, mar a leasaíodh.

(vi) Aontaíodh mír 30.

4. Athlá.

Chuaigh an Comhchoiste ar athló ar 6.30 p.m. go dtí 4 p.m. Dé Céadaoin seo chugainn.