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Complaints made about campaign posters located too close to polling stations

If you see a poster that’s located too close to a polling station, you can contact the returning officer at your polling station.

3536 Polling Station_90545844 Source: Leah Farrell

THERE HAVE BEEN a number of reports that campaign posters have been placed too close to polling stations this morning.

After a bit of initial confusion, it was clarified that voters who see posters located within 50 metres of the polling station should report it to the returning officer, who can then contact An Garda Síochána to remove the posters.

Gardaí told “Anyone with a complaint should contact the returning officer at the polling station who will contact Gardaí if necessary”.

The returning officer is the official in each constituency who announces the result of the referendum (or election).

Voters have reported that some posters have been spotted too close to polling stations in a number of areas in Dublin including Ballyfermot and Rialto this morning.

A pro-life banner was removed from Crumlin, it is understood, after a TD intervened.

Polling Source: Dave Murphy

Canvassing at polling stations is prohibited, and is classed as an offence.

Canvassing includes leafleting, displaying posters, or using a loudspeaker, but the presiding officer at polling stations could consider other items – like a Repeal jumper or Love Both hoodie – to class as canvassing. More on this here.

Posters have also been removed by local authorities where they obstruct traffic signs, or where they might pose a threat to pedestrians.

The ESB has also been removing posters that have been placed on its electricity poles as they can pose a safety hazard.

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