Elections to the European Parliament : 11 june 1999
||3 736 000
||1 881 500
||1 854 500
which, resident EU citizens
of potential voters (18+)
||2 701 500
||1 377 800
||1 323 700
of young people (18-23) *
of inhabitants per seat
Source: Eurostat estimates based on Eurostat population scenarios (baseline variant) and
the latest data.
* Age group voting for the first time in EP elections (last EP elections: June 1994).
The Electoral Act 1992, the European Parliament Elections Acts 1997, the Electoral Act
1997, the Electoral (Amendment) Act 1998 and the European Parliament Elections (Forms)
- Ireland is divided into four constituencies: Dublin, 4 seats;
Munster, 4 seats; Leinster, 4 seats;
Connacht/Ulster, 3 seats.
- The Single
Transferable Vote (STV) method is used. This system is quasi-proportional:
votes cast + 1 =
Candidates are listed on the ballot paper in alphabetical order.
Each voter casts his/her vote for one candidate and in addition
indicates in order of preference the candidate(s) to whom his/her
vote is to be transferred if the candidate of his/her first or
subsequent choice has already reached the quota or has obtained
too few votes and has thus been eliminated.
- Allocation of seats: A candidate is elected once he or she has
reached the quota. Any votes accruing to a candidate in excess of the quota are
redistributed on a proportional basis among the remaining candidates in accordance with
the preferences expressed by the voters.
- Deadline for registration: The final date for registration of
candidates was Monday 17th May.
- Deposit: £Irl 1000 per candidate must be deposited at the time
of nomination. Where a candidate obtains at least one quarter of the number of votes
required for election, the deposit is returned.
- Conditions: Candidates may either nominate themselves or be
nominated by a third party. No-one may stand in more than one constituency.
- Incompatibilities: Those laid down in the 1976 Act on Elections
to the European Parliament. In addition, membership of the European Parliament is not
compatible with the office of Judge or Comptroller and Auditor General. Persons who are
elected to the European Parliament while holding the office of Attorney General, Chairman
or Deputy Chairman of the Dáil or Seanad or Minister of State shall, on election to the
Parliament, cease to hold that other office. Otherwise, Membership of the European
Parliament is compatible with membership of the Dáil or Seanad.
day : Friday 11 June 1999
- Polling day: Friday 11 June 1999. Polling stations will be open
between 8am and 9 pm.
- The count begins on Sunday 13 June. Results of the first count
will be announced at 10pm on Sunday 13 June; the results of subsequent counts will be
announced as they are completed (probably between 24 and 48 hours later).
/ standing for election
- Right to vote
EU citizens aged 18 or over who are resident in Ireland and in full possession of their
voting rights in their Member State of origin are entitled to vote.
Irish citizens resident abroad, whether
in the EU or outside it, are not entitled to vote.
- Right to stand for election
Any EU citizen aged 21 or over who is
resident in Ireland and in full possession of his/her right to stand as a candidate in
his/her Member State of origin may stand for election.
- Funding: There
are legal limits on electoral expenditure, i.e. not more than £Irl 150 000 per candidate
(this total to include the candidate's own expenditure as well as any expenditure on his
behalf by his party and/or any other organisation or person).
- Official campaign starting date: None.
. Media access: An agreement is fixed between the parties and the
television authorities. (The allocation of party broadcasting is subject to a recent
decision of the Courts intended to ensure equitable access for all concerned.)
- Each candidate may send one message by post to all voters in his
- Opinion polls:
Permitted up to polling day.