Saturday February 22, 2020

Irish democracy will be safer with an electoral commission

Need for an electoral watchdog is highlighted by lack of online regulation

9th February, 2020
The need for an independent electoral commission was declared “a matter of priority” in the 2016 programme for government

When the broadcasting moratorium kicked in on Friday afternoon, campaigners continued to pump money into online ads.

The content of most of these messages was benign, but it is not hard to predict how the blackout on radio and TV coverage could be gamed to spread disinformation ahead of an election.

Ireland’s current electoral system is out of date. Online ads are unregulated and experts have repeatedly warned that there are serious problems with the...

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