Election fever is set to grip Meath following the announcement by Environment Minister, Phil Hogan, that the local and European elections will be held on Friday 23rd May.
Navan, Trim and Kells Town Councils will be abolished in the most radical reform of local government since 1898 and voters in Meath will be electing 40 councillors in six new municipal districts. There are currently 29 members of Meath County Council.
In the European elections, the North-West and East constituencies are to be abolished, while a new four-seat constituency called Midlands-North-West will be created.
It will comprise all the area of the current North-West constituency, with the exception of Clare which is being moved to the South constituency, as well as the north Leinster part of the East constituency, which includes Meath.
Voting will take place between 7am and 10pm and every person aged 18 years or over residing in the country is entitled to vote in the local elections. However, only Irish and European citizens may vote in European elections.
There are 3.25 million Local Government and European electors on the current register and a new register of electors will come into force on 15th February.
Minister Hogan encouraged people who missed inclusion on this register to apply for the supplementary register of electors at the earliest opportunity.
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