Dáil Éireann - Volume 419 - 12 May, 1992
Written Answers. - Elections/Referenda.
Mr. J. O'Keeffe Mr. J. O'Keeffe
87. Mr. J. O'Keeffe asked the Minister for the Environment whether guidelines are issued by his Department on the conduct of elections and referenda; and if he will make a statement on the matter.
Minister for the Environment (Mr. Smith) Michael Smith
Minister for the Environment (Mr. Smith): Returning officers are independent, statutory officials charged with the duty of conducting elections and referenda in accordance with the law. It is, however, the long-standing practice of my Department to issue guidelines to returning officers to assist them in their conduct of elections and referenda. I  understand that returning officers regard this practice as a useful support service.
Dáil Éireann 419 Written Answers. Elections/Referenda.