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
Industrial and Commercial 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.
The sorting of ballots for the Vocational Panels for elections to Seanad Eireann has been completed in Leinster House. It is expected that the first count will get underway at around 2:15pm.
From the sorting of votes we know the following:
1073 ballots recieved
Valid poll 1069
The first panel to be counted will be the Culture and Educational. This is a 5 seat panel and there are 18 candidates. This is split as 13 on the external panel and 5 on internal panel. At least 2 candidates must be elected from each.
The candidates are as follows:
Nominated by outside bodies: Cllr Victor Boyhan, Dún Laoghaire (Ind); Cllr Molly Buckley, Offaly (FG); Cllr Conor Delaney, Tipperary (FG); Cllr Nicola Hogan, Offaly (FG); Cllr Anne-Maria Irish, Kilkenny (FG); Cllr Pat Kennedy, Limerick (Ind); Cllr John McCartin, Leitrim (FG); Cllr Michael Mullins, Galway (FG); Senator Labhrás Ó Murchú (FF); Cllr Jim O’Dea, Dublin (FG); Senator Ann Ormonde (FF); Cllr Hilary Quinlan Waterford (FG); Cllr Séamus Walsh, Co. Galway (FF).
Nominated by Oireachtas members: Thomas Byrne, Meath (FF); Deirdre Clune, Cork (FG); Cllr John Gilroy, Cork (Lab); Cllr Liam Quinn, Offaly (FG); Cllr Bill Tormey, Dublin (FG).
The quota will be 178,167.
Remeber each vote is multiplied by 1,000. Hence the figure being so high for the quota. I will be updating throughout the day both here and twitter! Follow either myself or #se11