Young Fine Gael urges the Taoiseach to hold the General Election on a Friday

Young Fine Gael urges the Taoiseach to hold the General Election on a Friday which could see the highest turnout rate of young voters ever in a General Election

Young Fine Gael is calling on the Taoiseach to hold the General Election on a Friday, to ensure that students are not prevented from voting.

Following speculation that the election may be held on a Thursday, Young Fine Gael strongly believes that having the election on a Friday will cater for students or for those working away from home.

Colm Taylor, President of Young Fine Gael, said that “the 2011 General Election, which was held on a Friday, had a 62 percent turnout rate among young voters - this clearly illustrates the importance of having an election on a weekend in order to ensure that the youth vote is counted.”

“The Marriage Referendum saw the addition of thousands of young voters being added to the Register of Electors and having the General Election on a Friday could be an opportunity to see the highest turnout rate of young voters ever in a General Election”, Colm Taylor stated.

“Having the General Election at the weekend is highly important in ensuring youth participation in the political process and as an organisation we are strongly in favour of a weekend election”, Taylor concluded.

ENDS

For further information, please contact Colm Taylor, President of Young Fine Gael, on 087743 6846 or at colm@yfg.ie

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