Polling date for the general election has been announced - now what?

The final cut off date to be included in the register of electors is February 9th

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We are just over three weeks away from going to the polls, but it's not over yet.

It is still open to people to declare themselves as candidates in the general election.

The latest time for receiving nominations is 12 noon on February 11th, while candidates may withdraw their nominations up to 12 noon on February 12th.

To stand for election to Dáil Éireann, a candidate must be a citizen of Ireland and at least 21 years of age by polling day.

Every person who is an Irish or British citizen, and is included in the register of electors, is entitled to vote at the general election.

The electorate currently stands at over 3.2 million people.

People who are eligible to vote, but are not registered as electors, still have time to apply to be on the supplement to the register of electors.

To do this, a person must complete the relevant application form, which can be downloaded from www.checktheregister.ie or obtained from city, county or city and county councils.

The application form has to be received no later than Tuesday February 9th.

It must also be signed by the applicant in the presence of a member of An Garda Síochána from the applicant’s local garda station. The garda may request photo or other identification.

Voting to elect 157 members to the 32nd Dáil will take place in the 40 constituencies from 7.00am to 10.00pm on February 26th.

However the Ceann Comhairle is automatically returned.