Tuesday, 21 March 2017
Order of Business
The first step is that the options paper to which I referred in Philadelphia will be published this week. That sets out the range and the categories of people, North and South and beyond, who will be considered eligible to vote in the presidential election in 2025. I am not in a position to give the Deputy a date for the production of the legislation but the options paper that will determine the eventual outcome of the legislation will be published this week. It will contain the range of issues on which we need to reflect in order to bring this measure to reality and finality. It is not for the next presidential election, it is for the one after that. The process will involve setting up a new electoral register and various categories of eligibility to vote.