Longford/Westmeath votes ‘No’ in Age of Presidential Candidates Referendum

Liam Cosgrove

Reporter:

Liam Cosgrove

Counting of votes in the Marriage and Age of Presidential Candidates Referendums at St Dominic's Community Centre, Kenagh. Photo by Declan Gilmore
76% of voters in Longford/Westmeath have voted against lowering the age of Presidential candidates from 35 to 21.

76% of voters in Longford/Westmeath have voted against lowering the age of Presidential candidates from 35 to 21.

The outcome of The Age of Presidential Candidates Referendum for the constituency was announced shortly after 7.20pm at the Longford/Westmeath Constituency Count Centre at St Dominic’s Community Hall, Kenagh.

24% of voters voted Yes to the proposal contained in the Thirty-Fifth Amendment of the Constitution (Age of Eligibility for Election to the Office of President) Bill 2015.

The current Article 12.4.1° of the Constitution states: Every citizen who has reached his thirty-fifth year of age is eligible for election to the office of President.

And it was proposed to replace this with: Every citizen who has reached the age of twenty-one years is eligible for election to the office of President.