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What Is The Role Of The Electoral Commission? With Brenda Power

Niall Boylan | March 6, 2024
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    What Is The Role Of The Electoral Commission? With Brenda Power
    Niall Boylan

In this insightful interview, Niall engages in a dialogue with Brenda Power, a prominent figure in Irish journalism and broadcasting, to dissect the role of the Electoral Commission in shaping the democratic process in Ireland. The conversation delves into the ongoing controversy surrounding Senator Sharon Keogan’s referendum posters, which have been flagged by the Electoral Commission for factual misrepresentation.

Senator Keogan’s campaign posters, featuring the slogan “Vote No: Don’t Force Mothers Out To Work,” have ignited a debate ahead of the upcoming referendums on March 8th. The proposed constitutional changes aim to redefine the concept of family and recognize caregiving within families. However, the Electoral Commission, chaired by Ms. Justice Marie Baker, has refuted the claim made on the posters, stating that there is no provision in the proposed amendments to force women into specific roles.

During the interview, Brenda Power shares her perspectives on the broader implications of the Electoral Commission’s role in ensuring transparency and accuracy in political campaigns. She raises concerns about the funding sources behind the Yes campaign, suggesting a need for greater scrutiny of NGOs financed by taxpayers that support political initiatives.

Tune in as Niall and Brenda dissect the intricacies of electoral campaigning, the responsibilities of the Electoral Commission, and the importance of upholding truth and integrity in the democratic process.




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