This Friday the electorate across the Longford/Westmeath constituency will throng the polling stations to cast votes in no less than three elections.
May 23, 2014 will see the Local, European and by-elections take place in counties Longford and Westmeath, and so far it has been established that there will be 58 polling stations in Longford.
Each polling station will have two boxes - one will contain the Local and European Election ballot papers, while the other will hold the by-election papers.
By-election ballot papers are green, while the EU Election papers are white. Ballot papers for the Local Elections include, salmon-coloured for the Ballymahon Electoral Area; Lilac for Granard Electoral Area and blue coloured for the Mid-Longford Electoral Area.
County Registrar, Imelda Brannigan explained what will happen when the boxes arrive at the count centre in Kenagh next Saturday morning.
“All boxes will be opened in Kenagh and sorted,” she added.
“Ballot papers for the EU Elections will be sent to Castlebar and counted there; the by-election count will take place in Kenagh and ballot papers for the Local Elections will be transferred to the community centre in Newtownforbes and counted there.”
The Leader understands that proceedings will kick off at 9am next Saturday morning at St Dominic’s Community centre in Kenagh.
Because of the volume of papers, it will be late afternoon Saturday before there are any indications as to how the elections are panning out, although local reports suggest that the outcome of the by-election will be known by Saturday night.
The constituency by-election takes place because of the seat left vacant as a result of Deputy Nicky McFadden’s death back in March.
Since 2009 there have been changes to the elctoral boundaries in the county and with the establishment of the new municipal districts, six hopefuls will emerge victorious in each of the three electoral areas next weekend.
Town councils have been abolished, so there will be 18 local area representatives for the county after the results of next weekend are known.
At this stage it has also been suggested that there could be a turn out as high as 62% in the Longford/Westmeath constituency next Friday.