Information Note for Candidates
Nomination Papers for a Presidential election are prescribed by the Minister for Housing, Planning and Local Government. Regulations prescribing these and other forms are contained in SI No.258 of 2011 and SI No. 329 of 2018.
Prospective candidates may obtain nomination papers from the Office of the Presidential Returning Officer during normal business hours or may download nomination papers here:
If a candidate wishes to have his or her photograph included on the ballot paper, they must provide with the nomination paper:
- A photograph in digitized format and 2 identical printed copies of the photograph (passport size- 35mm x 45mm).
- The photograph shall be of good quality and in colour showing the candidate’s full face, head and shoulders only, on a light background (any colour) and taken to a professional standard.
- The photograph shall have been taken not more than 12 months prior to the date appointed by the Minister for Housing, Planning and Local Government by order under section 6 of the Presidential Elections Act 1993 for the taking of the poll at the election.
Each copy of the printed photograph shall have the candidate’s name clearly shown on the back.
The nomination period runs from Thursday 30 August to Wednesday 26 September 2018 . The latest time for receiving nominations is 12 noon on the 26 September 2018. A nominated candidate may withdraw his or her nomination at any time before the completion of the ruling on nominations but not thereafter.
A nomination paper must be delivered by the candidate or one or more of the persons making the nomination or in the case of a City, County or City and County Council by an official of the council. Contact should be made with the office of the Presidential Returning Officer by telephone at 018882235 to arrange an appointment for the delivery of the nomination paper.
Ruling on Nominations
At 3pm on Wednesday 26 September 2018 in the Custom House, Dublin 1 the Presidential Returning Officer will rule on the nominations.
Presidential Election Order – Tuesday 28 August 2018
The Presidential Election Order was signed on 28 August 2018. Click here to see the Order.