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Nearly 60,000 to have their say

The Laois local election count gets under way at the Lismard Centre in Portlaoise;
Photo Jim Yorke.

The Laois local election count gets under way at the Lismard Centre in Portlaoise; Photo Jim Yorke.

Politicians will be wearing the last shred of leather from their shoes this week, ahead of Friday’s vote which looks set to see a record number of people having the right to vote in Laois.

Laois County Council has confirmed that just over 59,700 people are registered to vote in the Laois County Council election.

Despite being the smallest of the three new municipal districts, the Portlaoise Abbeyleix electoral area has 20,568 people registered to vote. It is followed by the biggest district geographically which stretches from Mountmellick to Borris-in-Ossory and where 19,840 can vote for councillors.

In total, 19,295 people are on the electoral register in the Portarlington Graiguecullen electoral area.

Voting gets underway in both the local and European elections early Friday, May 23 in an election which looks set to be a test of Government policy rather than local issues. This could spell trouble for Fine Gael and Labour candidates.

Voters will also be faced with a much different landscape than in the previous local and European elections.

There will be far fewer politicians in Laois after the weekend with Portlaoise and Mountmellick losing town councillors, and six county councillors being cut. While there have been retirements at county council level there are sure to be some casualties which could end up being caused by the cutting of electoral areas from five to three areas.

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