At the local elections, members of the local community elect Councillors to represent the community in local authorities. The number of Councillors that may be elected to each local authority changes from area to area. For the Killiney-Shankill district, there will be six councillors elected in 2014. This has been increased from five in the 2009 election.
The polling period must last at least 12 hours between 7.00 am and 10.30 pm. The electoral system is based on proportional representation with a single transferable vote.
- You do not have to be an Irish citizen to vote in a local election.
- You must be over 18 years of age and you must live in the local electoral area.
- You must be registered on the Register of Electors compiled every year by County and City Councils.
To check whether or not your name is on the Electoral Register, enquire at your local garda station, post office, public library, local authority office or online at www.checktheregister.ie.
To be included on the Electoral Register, you must complete an application form and return it to your local authority. Application forms are available at your local authority office or at www.checktheregister.ie