Count staff at work in Punchestown, Naas
Jobs for vote counters working at count centres in County Kildare are not advertised.
Counters - or enumerators to use the official title - count the votes cast in general elections, local elections, referenda, and bye-elections.
These mostly take place at the event centre in Punchestown, Naas. And the next will be the referendum to amend abortion legislation on May 25.
In general most of the enumerators are public servants and many have considerable experience at conducting counts.
Naas-based independent councillor Sorcha O’Neill has been told by Office of the Returning Officer at Naas Courthouse that a panel of enumerators has been “compiled over the years”. At election time new people apply and experienced people are placed with inexperienced people, said Returning Officer Eithne Coughlan.
However positions are not advertised; but applications can be sent to Naas Courthouse or by email.
“It’s very unfair in my opinion that it’s not openly advertised,” Cllr. O’Neill told the Leader.
Cllr. O’Neill said she will submit a Dail question “on the matter to open this up.”