Wednesday, September 26, 2012
Saturday Elections should now be the norm - O’ Súilleabháin
Fionntán O’ Súilleabháin has welcomed the government’s decision to hold the Children’s Referendum on a Saturday. The Sinn Féin spokesperson for North Wexford said that his party had been campaigning for all elections to be held on Saturdays for many years now. Mr O’ Súilleabháin said that Sinn Féin would be calling on the government to give a commitment that all future elections would be held on Saturdays to accommodate students and the many people who now work away from home during the week.
Mr O’ Súilleabháin said;
“Sinn Féin welcomes the government’s decision to hold the Children’s Referendum on a Saturday. It’s a decision that makes perfect sense. The only wonder is why this will only be the second referendum in the state’s history to be held on a Saturday.”
“Sinn Féin has campaigned for all elections to be held on Saturdays for many years now. It would certainly benefit those people who are away from home on election days, such as students and people who work away from home. In the current climate many people are working in the UK during the week. Surely holding elections on a Saturday could benefit all these people.”
“It almost makes you wonder why a government wouldn’t want to hold an election on a Saturday. Maybe some of our TDs wouldn’t be comfortable with the addition of college student’s votes?”
“Sinn Féin will be calling on the government to give a real commitment that all future elections will be held on Saturdays to accommodate the many people who find it impossible to vote on a weekday due to the obligations of college or work.”