Updated to 9 March 2017

Electoral Act 1997
No. 25 of 1997

Contents

Commencement

SectionCommencement DateCommencement Information
Ss. 1, 2 15 May 1997 Commenced pursuant to s. 1(6)(a)
S. 3 1 January 1998 Commenced pursuant to s. 1(6)(b)
S. 4 15 May 1997 Commenced pursuant to s. 1(6)(a)
Ss. 5 - 15 11 June 1997 Electoral Act, 1997 (Commencement) (No, 2) Order, 1997 (S.I. No. 245 of 1997), art. 2
Ss. 16 - 21 1 January 1998 Commenced pursuant to s. 1(6)(b)
Ss. 22 - 26 15 May 1997 Commenced pursuant to s. 1(6)(a)
Ss. 27 - 45 1 January 1998 Commenced pursuant to s. 1(6)(b)
Ss. 46 - 48 15 May 1997 Commenced pursuant to s. 1(6)(a)
S. 49 1 January 1998 Commenced pursuant to s. 1(6)(b)
S. 50 (insofar as it relates to donations at a presidential election) 15 May 1997 Commenced pursuant to s. 1(6)(a)
Ss. 51 - 56 1 January 1998 Commenced pursuant to s. 1(6)(b)
S. 57(1) (other than para. (b)) 15 May 1997 Commenced pursuant to s. 1(6)(a)
Ss. 58 - 60 1 January 1998 Commenced pursuant to s. 1(6)(b)
S. 61 (insofar as it relates to donations at a presidential election) 15 May 1997 Commenced pursuant to s. 1(6)(a)
S. 62 1 January 1998 Commenced pursuant to s. 1(6)(b)
Ss. 63 - 70 11 June 1997 Electoral Act, 1997 (Commencement) (No, 2) Order, 1997 (S.I. No. 245 of 1997), art. 2
S. 71 15 May 1997 Commenced pursuant to s. 1(6)(a)
S. 72 Not yet commenced. Commencement required under Electoral Act 1997, s. 1(6)(c)
S. 73 (other than paras. (a), (c)) 15 May 1997 Commenced pursuant to s. 1(6)(a)
Ss. 73(a), (c) 1 January 1998 Commenced pursuant to s. 1(6)(b)
S. 74 15 May 1997 Commenced pursuant to s. 1(6)(a)
S. 75 Not yet commenced. Commencement required under Electoral Act 1997, s. 1(6)(c)
S. 76 11 June 1997 Electoral Act, 1997 (Commencement) (No, 2) Order, 1997 (S.I. No. 245 of 1997), art. 2
S. 77 1 June 1997 Electoral Act, 1997 (Commencement) Order, 1997 (S.I. No. 233 of 1997), art. 2
Ss. 78(a), 78(b) 15 January 2016 Electoral Act 1997 (Section 78 (a) and (b)) (Commencement) Order 2016 (S.I. No. 20 of 2016), art. 2
S. 78(c) 19 February 2014 Electoral Act 1997 (Commencement) Order 2014 (S.I. No. 95 of 2014), art. 2
S. 79 Not yet commenced. Commencement required under Electoral Act 1997, s. 1(6)(c)
Ss. 80 - 82 11 June 1997 Electoral Act, 1997 (Commencement) (No, 2) Order, 1997 (S.I. No. 245 of 1997), art. 2

Amendments and other effects

How AffectedAffecting Provision
Functns. conferred on Commission 31/2001, ss. 3, 29(2)
Trans. of cert. functns. under S.I. No. 418 of 2011, arts. 1(2), 3 & sch. 1
Transit. provns. 4/1998, s. 18
S. 2 am. 36/2012, ss. 1(4), 5
S. 2(1) am. 1/2014, ss. 1(22), 5(4), 28(f), sch. 2 pt. 2
S. 3 am. 36/2012, ss. 1(4), 6
S. 3(1) am. 4/1998, s. 3
  38/2001, ss. 1(9), 49
S. 3(1) substit. 14/2011, s. 7(a)
S. 4, saving for. 31/2001, ss. 14(1). (2)(f), 29(2)
S. 4(2) am. 38/2001, ss. 1(9), 50
S. 4(4A)-(4C) ins. 62/2015, s. 5
S. 4(9) am. 38/2001, ss. 1(9), 50
S. 4A ins. 38/2001, ss. 1(9), 50
Pt. 2 (ss. 5-15) Constituency Commission established S.I. No. 396 of 2011, art. 2
  S.I. No. 174 of 2007, art. 2
  S.I. No. 292 of 2003, art. 2
  S.I. No. 393 of 1997, art. 2
Pt. 2 substit. (ss. 5-15) 4/2009, s. 9
S. 5(1) constituency Commission established S.I. No. 374 of 2016, art. 2
S. 5(1A) ins. 27/2013, s. 23
S. 5(1A) committee established for purposes of S.I. No. 282 of 2013, art. 2
S. 6(2)(a) substit. 14/2011, s. 3
S. 6(3)(a) substit. 27/2013, s. 24
S. 7(a) substit. 18/2014, ss. 1(2), 55(a)
S. 8(1) substit. 18/2014, ss. 1(2), 55(b)
S. 9A ins. 27/2013, s. 25
S. 10A ins. 27/2013, s. 26
S. 17 am. 38/2001, ss. 1(9), 50
S. 17(1) am. 10/2011, ss. 1(2), 6 & 77(a)
S. 17(2)(b)(i) am. 36/2012, ss. 1(4), 42(a)
S. 17(4)(b) substit. 36/2012, ss. 1(4), 42(b)(i)
S. 17(4)(c) substit. 36/2012, ss. 1(4), 42(b)(i)
S. 17(4)(d) ins. 36/2012, ss. 1(4), 42(b)(ii)
S. 17(4B) ins. 36/2012, ss. 1(4), 42(c)
S. 18 am. 38/2001, ss. 1(9), 50
S. 18(2) am. 34/2012, s. 25
S. 19(1) am. 10/2011, ss. 1(2), 6 & 77(b)
S. 19(5) ins. 36/2012, ss. 1(4), 40
S. 21, expenses reimbursement for presidential candidates S.I. No. 442 of 2004, art. 3
S. 21(1)(a)(ii), subpar. substit. 4/1998, s. 4(a)
  38/2001, ss. 1 (9), 50
S. 21(1)(b)(i) expenses reimbursement limit prescribed under S.I. No. 113 of 2007, art. 2
S. 21(1)(b)(ii) am. 4/1998, s. 4 (b)
S. 21(1)(c) am. 10/2011, ss. 1(2), 6, 77(c)
S. 21 (1)(c)(d) am. 38/2001, ss. 1 (9), 50
S. 21 (1)(d)(iii) am. 4/1998, s. 4(c)
S. 21(2)(a) am. 14/2011, s. 4(a)
S. 21(4) am. 14/2011, s. 4(b)
S. 21A ins. 14/2011, s. 5(1)
S. 22(2)(a) am. 38/2001, ss. 1(9), 49
S. 22(2)(a)(v) am. 4/2002, s. 4(a)
S. 22(2)(a)(vi) substit. 4/2002, s. 4(a)
S. 22(2)(a)(vi) am. 36/2012, ss. 1(4), 7(a)(i)
S. 22(2)(a)(vii) substit. 4/2002, s. 4(a)
S. 22(2)(a)(vii) am. 36/2012, ss. 1(4), 7(a)(ii)
S. 22(2)(a)(viii) ins. 36/2012, ss. 1(4), 7(a)(iii)
S. 22(2)(aa) substit. 38/2001, ss. 1(9), 49
S. 22(2)(aa) am. 36/2012, ss. 1(4), 7(b)
S. 22(2)(b) am. 38/2001, ss. 1(9), 50
S. 22(2)(b)(iii) substit. 4/1998, s. 5(a)
S. 22(2)(b)(iii) am. 37/2001, ss. 39, 42, sch. 9 (2)(a)(i)
S. 22(2)(b)(v) am. 4/1998, s. 5(b)
S. 22(2)(b)(vi) ins. 4/1998, s. 5(c)
S. 22(2)(b)(vi) substit. 4/2002, s. 4(b)
S. 22(2)(c)(i) am. 37/2001, ss. 39, 42, sch. 9 (2)(a)(ii)
S. 22(2)(c)(i) substit. 4/1998, s. 5(d)
S. 22(2)(c)(ii) substit. 4/1998, s. 5(d)
S. 23 am. 36/2012, ss. 1(4), 8
  38/2001, ss. 1(9), 49(c)
Ss. 23A, 23B, 23C, new ss. ins. 38/2001, ss. 1(9), 49(d)
S. 23A, constr. of. 38/2001, ss. 1(9), 58(m)
S. 23A(1) substit. 36/2012, ss. 1(4), 9
S. 23AA ins. 36/2012, ss. 1(4), 10
S. 23AB ins. 36/2012, ss. 1(4), 11
S. 23B am. 36/2012, ss. 1(4), 12
S. 23C am. 36/2012, ss. 1(4), 13
S. 23D ins. 36/2012, ss. 1(4), 14
S. 24(1)(a)(i) substit. 36/2012, ss. 1(4), 15(a)(i)
S. 24(1)(a)(ii) substit. 36/2012, ss. 1(4), 15(a)(i)
S. 24(1)(a)(iii) ins. 36/2012, ss. 1(4), 15(a)(ii)
S. 24(1)(a)(iv) ins. 36/2012, ss. 1(4), 15(a)(ii)
S. 24(1)(a)(v) ins. 36/2012, ss. 1(4), 15(a)(ii)
S. 24(1)(b) substit. 4/1998, s. 6(a)
S. 24(1)(b)(iii) - (iv) substit. 27/2013, s. 27(a)
S. 24(1)(b)(v) - (vii) substit. 27/2013, s. 27(b)
S. 24(1)(c) substit. 4/1998, s. 6(a)
S. 24(1A) am. 38/2001, ss. 1(9), 50
S. 24(1A)(a) am. 36/2012, ss. 1(4), 15(b
S. 24(1A) ins. 4/1998, s. 6(b)
S. 24(2)(a) am. 36/2012, ss. 1(4), 15(c)(i)
S. 24(2)(b) am. 36/2012, ss. 1(4), 15(c)(ii)
S. 24(3) am. 4/1998, s. 6(c)
S. 24(4) am. 36/2012, ss. 1(4), 15(d)
S. 24(6A)(8) ins. 38/2001, ss. 1(9), 50
S. 24A, new s. 4/1998, s. 7
S. 24A(1)(a) am. 37/2001, ss. 39, 42, sch. 9 (2)(b)
S. 25(1) am. 38/2001, ss. 1(9), 49(e), 50
S. 25(1)(a) am. 36/2012, ss. 1(4), 16(a)(i)
S. 25(1)(b) am. 36/2012, ss. 1(4), 16(a)(ii)
S. 25(1A) ins. 4/1998, s. 8
S. 25(1B) ins. 4/1998, s. 8
S. 25(1C) ins. 36/2012, ss. 1(4), 16(b)
S. 25(1D) ins. 36/2012, ss. 1(4), 16(b)
S. 25(1E) ins. 36/2012, ss. 1(4), 16(b)
S. 25(2) am. 38/2001, ss. 1(9), 49(e), 50
S. 25(2)(b) am. 36/2012, ss. 1(4), 16(c)
S. 25(2A) am. 36/2012, ss. 1(4), 16(d)
S. 25(2A) ins. 4/2002, s. 4(c)
S. 26(1) am. 36/2012, ss. 1(4), 17
S. 26(3) ins. 38/2001, ss. 1(9), 50
S. 28(2)(a) am. 38/2001, ss. 1(9), 50
S. 31(1)(a) am. 4/1998, s. 10(a)
  38/2001, ss. 1(9), 50
S. 30(1)(b) am. 4/1998, s. 9
S. 31(1)(b) substit. 38/2001, ss. 1(9), 50
S. 31(1)(b)(v) substit. 4/1998, s. 10(b)
S. 31(3) substit. 4/1998, s. 10(c)
S. 31(3)(b) am. 38/2001, ss. 1(9), 50
S. 31(4)(b) am. 4/1998, s. 10(d)
S. 31(8A) ins. 38/2001, ss. 1(9), 50
S. 32(1)(a) am. 4/1998, s. 11(a)
  38/2001, ss. 1(9), 50
S. 32(1)(a)(i) election expenses limit prescribed S.I. No. 113 of 2007, art. 3
S. 32(1)(a)(ii) election expenses limit prescribed S.I. No. 113 of 2007, art. 3
S. 32(1)(a)(iii) election expenses limit prescribed S.I. No. 113 of 2007, art. 3
S. 32(1)(b)(i) am. 4/1998, s. 11(b)
S. 32(1)(b)(ii) am. 4/1998, s. 11(c)
S. 32(3)(4) ins. 4/1998, s. 11(d)
S. 33(1)(a) am. 4/1998, s. 12(a)
S. 33(1)(a) election expenses limit prescribed S.I. No. 87 of 2004, art. 2
  S.I. No. 121 of 1999, art. 2
S. 33(1)(b)(i) am. 4/1998, s. 12(b)
S. 33(1)(b)(ii) am. 4/1998, s. 12(c)
S. 33(4), (5) ins. 4/1998, s. 12(d)
S. 36(1)(a), am. for cert. applic. 23/2002, s. 1(2)(a)
S. 36(1)(b)(ii) substit. 4/1998, s. 13
S. 36(2A) ins. 38/2001, ss. 1(9), 50(m)
S. 36(6), am. for cert. applic. 23/2002, s. 1(2)(b)
S. 36(7), (8) ins. for cert. applic. 23/2002, s.1(c)
S. 40(b) am. 4/1998, s. 14
S. 43(1)(b) am. 4/1998, s. 15
S. 43(2)(a) am. 38/2001, ss. 1(9), 50
S. 46(2) am. 36/2012, ss. 1(4), 18
S. 46(2)(a) am. 38/2001, ss. 1(9), 49 (f), 50
S. 46(2)(aa), par. ins. 38/2001, ss. 1(9), 49 (f)
S. 46(2)(b) am. 38/2001, ss. 1(9), 50
S. 46(2)(b)(iii) substit. 4/1998, s.16(a)
S. 46(2)(b)(v) am. 4/1998, s.16(b)
S. 46(2)(b)(vi) ins. 4/1998, s.16(c)
S. 47 am. 38/2001, ss. 1(9), 49(g)
S. 47(1) am. 36/2012, ss. 1(4), 19
S. 48(1) am. 36/2012, ss. 1(4), 20(a)
S. 48(1)(a) substit. 36/2012, ss. 1(4), 20(b)
S. 48(1)(b) substit. 36/2012, ss. 1(4), 20(b)
S. 48(1)(c) ins. 36/2012, ss. 1(4), 20(c)
S. 48(1)(d) ins. 36/2012, ss. 1(4), 20(c)
S. 48(1)(e) ins. 36/2012, ss. 1(4), 20(c)
S. 48(2A) ins. 38/2001, ss. 1(9), 50
Ss. 48A, 48B, 48C, new ss. ins. 38/2001, ss. 1(9), 49(h)
S. 48A, constr. of. 38/2001, ss. 1(9), 58(m)
S. 48A(1) substit. 36/2012, ss. 1(4), 21
S. 48AA ins. 36/2012, ss. 1(4), 22
S. 48AB ins. 36/2012, ss. 1(4), 23
S. 48B(1) am. 36/2012, ss. 1(4), 24
S. 48C am. 36/2012, ss. 1(4), 25
S. 50(1)(a) am. 38/2001, ss. 1(9), 50
S. 52 am. 38/2001, ss. 1(9), 50
S. 52(1)(a) substit. 4/1998, s. 17(a)
S. 52(1)(b)(iv)substit. 4/1998, s. 17(b)
S .52(3) substit. 4/1998, s. 17(c)
S. 52(7A) ins. 38/2001, ss. 1(9), 50
S. 53 presidential election expenses limit prescribed S.I. No. 441 of 2004, art. 2
S. 53 substit. 14/2011, s. 6(1)
S. 56(2A) ins. 38/2001, ss. 1(9), 50
S. 60(2) substit. 14/2011, s. 7(b)
S. 61(2)(a) am. 14/2011, s. 7(c)
S. 61(2) am. 38/2001, ss. 1(9), 49(i), 50(t)
S. 61(2)(h) am. 36/2012, ss. 1(4), 26(a)(i)
S. 61(2)(i) am. 36/2012, ss. 1(4), 26(a)(ii)
S. 61(2A) ins. 36/2012, ss. 1(4), 26(b)
S. 61(2B) ins. 36/2012, ss. 1(4), 26(b)
S. 61(5) am. 38/2001, ss. 1(9), 49(j), 50(t)
S. 61(5)(b) am. 36/2012, ss. 1(4), 26(c)
Pts. 7, 8 (ss. 63-82) rstrct. 38/2001, ss. 1(9), 4
S. 63(3) ins. 38/2001, ss. 1(9), 50
S 67(3)(b) period of public notice and latest date for receiving applications specified S.I. No. 244 of 1997, arts. 2, 3
S. 71(1) am. 36/2012, ss. 1(4), 27
S. 72 rep. 7/1999, s. 5
  7/1999, s. 5
S. 72, regs. under appl. with ness. mods. 31/2001, ss. 2, 29(2)
S. 75 rep. 7/1999, s. 5
S. 82, sch. ins. 38/2001, ss. 1(9), 50
Pt. IX (ss. 83-90) ins. 36/2012, ss. 1(4), 41
Sch., par. 2(a) del. 15/2004, ss. 1(8), 33
Sch., par. 2(a) ins. 16/2005, s. 6
Sch., par. 2(a)*
Sch., par. 2(c)*
Sch. par. 2(d) substit. 4/2009, s. 14
  14/2007, s. 2
  4/2002, s. 4(d)
Sch. par. 2(dd) substit. 4/2009, s. 14
Sch. par. 2(dd) ins. 14/2007, s. 2

SIs made under the Act

SectionSIs made under the Act
S. 3 Electoral Act 1997 (Limitation and Reimbursement of Election Expenses at Dáil Election) Order 2007 (S.I. No. 113 of 2007)
  Electoral Act 1997 (Section 3) Order 2004 (S.I No. 87 of 2004)
  Electoral Act 1997 (Limitation of Election Expenses At Dáil Election) Order 1999 (S.I. No. 317 of 1999)
S. 5(1) Constituency Commission (Establishment) Order 2016 (S.I. No. 374 of 2016)
  Constituency Commission (Establishment) Order 2011 (S.I. No. 396 of 2011)
  Constituency Commission (Establishment) Order 2007 (S.I. No. 174 of 2007)
  Constituency Commission (Establishment) Order, 2003 (S.I. No. 292 of 2003)
  Electoral Act 1997 Constituency Commission (Establishment) Order 1997 (S.I. No. 393 of 1997)
S. 5(1A) European Parliament Constituencies Committee (Establishment) Order 2013 (S.I. No. 282 of 2013)
S. 8(3) Constituency Commission (Membership) Order 2007 (S.I. No. 355 of 2007)
S. 21 Presidential Election (Reimbursement of Expenses) Regulations 2004 (S.I. No. 442 of 2004)
  European Parliament Election (Reimbursement of Expenses) Regulations 1999 (S.I. No. 122 of 1999)
S. 33 Electoral Act 1997 (Section 33) Order 1999 (S.I. No. 121 of 1999)
S. 49 Electoral Act 1997 (Section 53) Order 2004 (S.I. No. 441 of 2004)
S. 53 Electoral Act 1997 (Section 53) Order 2004 (S.I. No. 441 of 2004)
S. 67 Registration of Electors Order 1997 (S.I. No. 244 of 1997)

* Sch., par. 2(a) and 2(c): Invalid. Kelly v Minister for the Environment [2002] IESC 73; [2002] 4 I.R. 191