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How many candidates needed for an election?

  • 24-07-2018 12:07pm
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    Registered Users Posts: 3,365 ✭✭✭


    With all the talk of the Presidential election at the moment I have a vague memory that 3 candidates are required for a valid election to take place with PR. Can't find anything online about it.
    Does anyone know?
    Thanks.

    Cui bono?



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  • Closed Accounts Posts: 876 ✭✭✭Lord Glentoran


    hoodie6029 wrote: »
    With all the talk of the Presidential election at the moment I have a vague memory that 3 candidates are required for a valid election to take place with PR. Can't find anything online about it.
    Does anyone know?
    Thanks.

    Two candidates are sufficient. See the 1966 and 1973 Presidential elections.


  • Moderators, Business & Finance Moderators, Motoring & Transport Moderators, Society & Culture Moderators Posts: 67,448 Mod ✭✭✭✭L1011


    Presidents are not elected using PR, it's pure STV/AV and if there are two candidates there is just a straight vote.

    Realistically PR only works with 2+ seats and 4+ candidates, one seat and it's AV; 3 for 2 seats is a straight vote

    Perfectly legit and has happened


  • Registered Users Posts: 11,748 ✭✭✭✭expectationlost


    hoodie6029 wrote: »
    With all the talk of the Presidential election at the moment I have a vague memory that 3 candidates are required for a valid election to take place with PR. Can't find anything online about it.
    Does anyone know?
    Thanks.
    I too was looking to see if any time TDs were elected without an election
    1938. Donegal West and Kerry South, were not contested; both returned two FF TD's and one from FG (the last occasion when any Dail election has been uncontested). http://irelandelection.com/election.php?elecid=36&electype=1&constitid=71 http://irelandelection.com/election.php?elecid=36&electype=1&constitid=30 it happened in 1922 in number of constituencies and before but those were wierd elections


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