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Approved bodies at a referendum

At referendums, any organisation, public or private, and any registered political party can apply to An Coimisiún Toghcháin, Ireland’s independent electoral commission, to become a temporary Approved Body for the duration of the Referendum Campaigns.

Approved bodies can appoint agents to:

  • Be present at the issuing of ballot papers to postal voters, the opening of postal voters’ ballot papers, and at the counting of votes.
  • Attend at each polling station (one person per polling station) to assist election officials in detecting the electoral offence of personation.

The deadline to apply to become a temporary Approved Body for the referendums on 8 March has now passed.