The decision to hold the Children’s Referendum on Saturday 10th November is a welcome development and will mean the maximum number of citizens can take part. It allows students, those working in other parts of the country and those in shift work to partake fully in our democratic process. It also provides a wider choice as to when citizens can vote as many will be without the time constraints of the daily commute and work hours.
A Saturday polling day means that no school will have to close classes to allow for voting on the Children’s referendum. Nearly 2,000 of our 3,200 primary schools are used as polling stations and this decision ensures that our children continue to get their education and reduces stress and disruption for working parents.
It is a common sense reform and I welcome the change. I know it is a move that many Labour TD’s and my colleague, Minister for Education Ruairi Quinn, have been seeking for some time.
Copyright Kevin Humphreys 2013