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.