Ireland

Electoral system*: Proportional representation (Single transferable vote - STV)

Threshold*: -

Frequency of Parliamentary elections: 5 years

Compulsory voting: No

Minimum age for voting*: 18

Minimum age for running*: 21

Quota type: Legislated quota (30%)

Percentage of women candidates*: 21,5%

Percentage of women elected*: 22,2%

Percentage of Members of parliament under age 30**: 2%

Voter registration: Decentralised

Voter turnout: 65,1%

(Parliamentary Elections, 26 February 2016)

Voting abroad: Yes 

for civil servants, military staff and their families


E-voting: No


Electoral Management Body (EMB):

Government of Ireland - Department of housing, planning and local government

VOTA Database (Venice Commission / Mexican Electoral Tribunal of the Federal Judiciary - TEPJF):

Legislation and documents of the Venice Commission in the electoral field for Ireland


*Information related to Parliamentary Elections or to the lower house of the Parliament

** Source: Study about youth participation in national parliaments 2018