THURSDAY, October 27 has been selected as the date for Offaly people to go to the polls and cast their vote for Ireland’s next president.
Environment Minister Phil Hogan announced the date along with Wednesday September 28 as the final date for the receipt of nominations.
Voters in Offaly can have their say on October 27 between the hours of 7am and 10pm.
The Minister has also appointed Ríona Ní Fhlanghaile, a Principal Officer in the Department of the Environment, Community and Local Government, to be the Presidential Returning Officer.
People who are eligible to vote but who are not registered as electors still have time to apply for entry in the supplement to the register of electors to be published before polling day and so be able to vote on October 27. Application forms can be downloaded from www.checktheregister.ie or can be obtained from Offaly County Council.
To be eligible for inclusion in the supplement to the register a person must be an Irish citizen, must be 18 years of age by polling day and must be ordinarily resident in the State.
The final date for the receipt of completed supplement application forms by Offaly County Council is Monday October 10.
If a person is eligible to vote by post, or is unable to vote in person due to a physical illness or physical disability and is resident in a hospital, nursing home or similar institution, and they are not on the Postal Voters List or Special Voters List, they can apply for inclusion in the supplement to those lists. Application forms are available Offaly County Council who will advise people of the appropriate arrangements for the completion of the relevant form. Completed forms must be received by the county council not later than September 1.
To date four candidates have declared their intention to run.
Michael D Higgins, who is due to visit Tullamore this Friday, has been nominated by the Labour Party while Gay Mitchell has received the backing of Fine Gael.
Meanwhile Independents Sean Gallagher and Mary Davis have sought the backing of county councils. While Mary Davis has the endorsement of six and Sean Gallagher has the endorsement of five, a further motion will be necessary to make a formal nomination now the ministerial order for the election has been made.