‘A landmark decision.’
That’s how the solicitor for Dan Kiely is describing the ruling by the Supreme Court that a full recount of votes cast in last year’s local elections in the Listowel area must take place.
The legal challenge to the outcome of the vote taken by the Independent candidate was unanimously upheld by five judges of the court.
It means the seven councillors in the Listowel Electoral Area now face the prospect of being unseated by a full recount of ballots.
The effect of this morning’s Supreme Court judgement is a total recount of the votes cast in last year’s local elections for the Listowel area.
The ballots have been in storage since the legal challenge to the result of the count was mounted. They will now have to be mixed again and counted from scratch.
The judges of the Supremen Court agreed there was a ‘mistake’ in the conduct of the election within a provision of the 1974 Local Elections Act and this made it unlawful.
This arose from the inclusion in the count of votes, ballots which contained a sequence of numbers not starting with the number ‘1’.
Dan Kiely has welcomed the judgement saying he looks forward to a full recount of votes:
Mr Kiely’s solicitor, Paul O’Donoghue says the guidelines for the counting of votes in future will have to be revisited.
And he says it has huge significance for future elections: