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The Minister for the Environment, Community and Local Government, Phil Hogan TD made an order yesterday appointing Wednesday March 27 2013 as the polling day for the Meath East Bye-Election.

Polling will take place between 8am and 9pm.

The latest time for receiving nominations is 12 noon on WednesdayMarch 13 2013. Candidates may withdraw their nominations up to 12 noon on Thursday March 14 2013.

To stand for election to Dáil Éireann, a person must be a citizen of Ireland and at least 21 years of age by polling day. A person may nominate himself or herself as a candidate or, with his or her consent, may be nominated by a person who is registered as an elector in the constituency concerned. A candidate not in possession of a certificate of political affiliation (confirmation that a person is a candidate of a political party registered in the register of political parties) must have their nomination completed using either of the following options: (i) by way of assents requiring the completion of statutory declarations by 30 assentors registered in the relevant Dáil constituency, or (ii) by way of the candidate, or someone on his or her behalf, lodging a deposit of €500 with the returning officer.