The count for the Elections to Seanad Eireann through the vocational panels is under way. 43 of the 60 Senators will be elected on these panels, with 6 elected by the University Panels and 11 appointed by An Toaiseach.
This year there is a dedicated website for the counts, SeanadCount.ie so there won’t be frantic downloading of excel files as there was in 2011.
The count has begun on the Cultural and Education Panel which has five seats. 24 candidates are battling it out for these seats. The first count results are due around 2pm today.
The rest of the panels will be counted in the following order:
- Cultural and Educational Panel
- Agricultural Panel
- Labour Panel
- Industrial and Commercial Panel
- Administrative Panel
The University Panels will begin their counts tomorrow Tuesday at 11am to fill the 3 seats on the National University of Ireland Panel and the 3 seats on the Trinity College Panel.
I will attempt to keep you all updated on the results as they come in.