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Elections

About Elections

Local Elections (the election of Councillors) normally take place every five years. The last local elections were held in 2014.

Thirty Councillors are elected to the Mayo County Council (view list of current Councillors).

The County is divided into four local electoral areas to ensure that each part of the county is represented on the County Council. A Chairman, called a Cathaoirleach, is elected each year by the members at the Annual Meeting of the Council.  The Cathaoirleach is responsible for chairing all Council meetings and acts as the key Council representative during their term.

Who is Entitled to Vote in a Local Election?

All persons aged 18 and over are entitled to be registered to vote in a Local Election for the local electoral area in which they ordinarily live. Irish citizenship is not a requirement for eligibility to vote in a local election.

Notice of Poll

Local Election Polling Day is prescribed by the Minister for the Environment, Community & Local Government and the Council is obliged to publish a notice inviting nominations and specifying a date by which completed nomination papers must be submitted to the County Secretary/Returning Officer.

Nomination of Candidates

A candidate for a local election must be an Irish citizen, and may nominate him/herself for election. Nominations may also be made by any elector who is on the register of electors for the electoral area to which the nomination is made, but the candidate must give his/her consent to the nomination.

Conducting the Election

The County Secretary is the returning officer responsible for the conduct of the election.

When nominations are completed, he makes arrangements for holding the election, appoints necessary staff, has ballot papers prepared, and conducts and supervises the election count.

The Returning Officer also declares the results of the election.

Polling Scheme

The Council has a "polling scheme" for the county specifying the polling place where electors may vote.

Register of Electors

Áras an Chontae
The Mall
Castlebar
County Mayo
Phone: (094) 9047353; 9047313; 9047700
Email: registerofelectors@mayococo.ie
Open: 9am - 1pm and 2pm - 5pm Monday-Friday

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