Question No. 548
Chun an Aire Comhshaoil, Pobail agus Rialtais Áitiúil:
To the Minister for the Environment, Community and Local Government:
To ask the Minister for the Environment, Community and Local Government the status of the establishment of an Independent Electoral Commission; when will it be established and functioning; and if he will make a statement on the matter.
– Anthony Lawlor.
For WRITTEN answer on Tuesday, 24th November, 2015.
Ref No: 41611/15
Minister for the Environment, Community and Local Government (Deputy Alan Kelly)
In January 2015, I published a consultation paper on the establishment of an Electoral Commission and invited the Joint Oireachtas Committee on Environment, Culture and the Gaeltacht to undertake a public consultation process on that paper and report back to me.
The Committee completed its consultations at the end of July 2015 and, I understand, is currently considering its report and recommendations. The report will inform the development of an Electoral Commission Bill.
When launching the consultation paper last January, I made it clear that the task of establishing an Electoral Commission involves a significant job of work and will take a number of years to complete. Consideration of the outcome of the consultation process and the development of legislation is a necessary first step.