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Wednesday 28 June 2017

E-voting machines may make a comeback

THE much maligned e-voting machines may yet make a come back if one cabinet minister has his way.

Children’s Minister Charlie Flanagan has complained about the length of time results from the local and European elections are taking.

He suggested it may be time to return to the €54m equipment - even though they have already been sold off.

“Counting is taking far too long,” he said. “Electronic voting must be returned to the political agenda.”

E-voting was used on an experimental basis in three constituencies in the 2002 general election. Even though the equipment was bought, the system was never rolled out nationwide.

Meanwhile, the count at Dun Laoghaire Rathdown County Council has been completed with Fine Gael’s Mary Fayne taking the eighth final seat by just 20 votes.

She saw off the challenge of sitting Labour Cllr Jane Dillon Byrne after a full recount.

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