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Monday, February 19, 2007

NUI Update on the register

I was talking with someone from the NUI recently and it appears there may be something of a quandary over the registers of the two university panels.

There is a new register available every June 1st. The register to be used for an election is meant to be the one in effect when the Dail is dissolved. For this upcoming election it is widely believe that the Dail will be dissolved mid April. Meaning the new 2007 register would not be used, reverting to using the existing 2006 register. This means that recent graduates will not be included on the register.

However, when a similar situation arose in 2002 the NUI used the new register which they had compiled even though it had not yet come into effect. In the same election TCD on contrast used its previous register.

This time out the pressure is on TCD to use a new register as in the preparation of the 2006/07 register they misled 700 voters who had properly set in their registration forms

The boxes that the votes were in were overlooked/lost/misplaced. Senator Norris of TCD has raised a stink - rightly so in my view. It now seems that the best way for TCD to get out of their problem is to use their new register which should include these 700 names along with any other new folks. Unless they perchance mislay some of them too! However, that in turn means that the NUI is highly likely to also use a new register. So what you might say? Well, one thing is that candidates need the register in order to campaign .And given that the resources the NUI and TCD allocate to the task of updating their registers typically have from end of Feb to beginning of June to complete their task, slightly more than 3 months but this year they may need to issue the register earlier perhaps 6 weeks earlier in 50% of the time they would normally have. With it would appear at this time no extra resources allocated. And also no actual deadline to work against since they don't know when the Dail will be dissolved.

Either a decision should be made to use the existing register unless the Dail is dissolved after June 1st or more resources need to dedicated to updating the register to ensure that the work can be completed in time.

4 comments:

The Student said...

On a related note, yesterday I received entirely election-geared promotional materials from Senator Brendan Ryan.

So what? They came in an Oireachtas envelope. This man failed to get elected to the Dail in the last general election, appears to have done bog all since he was appointed to the Seanaid, and now tries to woo me with materials I have (at least partly) paid for?

I don't favour the abolition of the Seanaid but it must be reformed ... in the meantime could they stop politicians abusing the facilities of the Oireachtas?

Dan Sullivan said...

In the interests of accuracy, Sen. Ryan was elected not appointed to the NUI Seanad panel.

And I agree reform and radical reform of the entire Seanad is required.

David Barry said...

Are you any further ahead with your reform proposals?

David Barry said...

It does seem to me that you should consider standing in the Dublin Universuty Constituency as well to maximise publicity.

Also you should seek a nomination on the Cultural and Educational panel - there are, from memory, about 70 nominating bodies, each with the right to nominate one candidate.