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Independent candidates to be unveiled by end of April

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Independent candidates to be unveiled by end of April


Anton McNulty

A LIST of potential candidates prepared to seek a mandate to run as an Independent candidate for Mayo in General Election 2016 are to be revealed by April 20.
Independent political group First Independent Mayo, which is seeking candidates to run in the election, announced that it received several applications. The grouping is also ‘head hunting’ potential candidates.
Earlier this month, First Independent Mayo placed advertisements in local and national newspapers seeking applications from members of the public to run as an independent candidate in the next election. Prospective candidates had until March 20 to make an application, and the names of those chosen will be released in coming weeks.
“First Independent Mayo, by April 20 at the latest, will reveal the potential candidate list of those who are prepared to be tested by many Mayo communities and who are prepared to seek a mandate to run as independent candidate(s) for the next General Election for Mayo,” explained PRO, Martin Daly.
“Our goal is to have an impressive potential candidate line up that balances experience, gender and achievement across a broad spectrum and to facilitate effective and lively debate.”
Once the group has finalised the candidate list, a series of town-hall style meetings will be held across the constituency. These will allow the electorate to be introduced to and engage with the candidates, who will present their ideas on what needs to be done over the lifetime of the next Dáil. Journalists will be invited to pose questions that the electorate present have not, and guest speakers will talk on particular key topics.  
First Independent Mayo envisages that there will be around 25 town-hall meetings covering the entire constituency. A caucus will then decide on the most appropriate number of candidates to run and the best candidate(s) to run.
First Independent Mayo wished to verify that it is not a political group and is ‘merely the facilitator of a process’. However, when the process is complete, it intends to register with SIPO, as ‘the successful candidate or candidates will need their campaign substantially financed’.