Presidential Elections Act, 1993

Nomination by members of the Oireachtas.

15.—(1) A nomination of a person to be a candidate at a presidential election which is made by members of the Oireachtas shall be made in accordance with the following provisions, that is to say:

(a) the nomination shall be in writing and shall be signed by the persons by whom it is made (being not less than 20 in number and each of whom is a member of one of the Houses of the Oireachtas),

(b) the nomination shall be made by means of a single nomination paper,

(c) a nomination paper shall state the names (the surname being stated first), address and occupation (if any) of the person thereby nominated to be a candidate and shall also state all such matters as are required by the nomination paper to be stated therein.

(2) The presidential returning officer shall furnish free of charge a nomination paper or papers to any member of the Oireachtas applying therefor.

(3) The presidential returning officer shall furnish to the Clerk of the Dáil and the Clerk of the Seanad a supply of nomination papers for the use of members of each House of the Oireachtas.

(4) Without prejudice to sections 30 and 31 , where a member of a House of the Oireachtas signs as a nominator 2 or more nomination papers which are delivered to the presidential returning officer in accordance with section 14 and which purport to nominate different persons to be candidates at an election, the signature of the member on the first such nomination paper received by the presidential returning officer shall alone be regarded and the member's signature on every other such paper shall be disregarded but without prejudice to any other signature thereon.