Election Act Changes Proclaimed

first_imgThe province is proclaiming changes to the Elections Act today, Dec. 21, to help improve voter turnout and the protection of personal information. The changes will take effect Jan. 1. The legislation, passed during the fall sitting of the House of Assembly, is the first major changes to the Election Act in 25 years. “The new Elections Act modernizes and simplifies the elections process and will bring us into the 21st century,” said Justice Minister Ross Landry. “We now have legislation that Nova Scotians can rely on to improve the election process in the province.” The new act promotes higher voter turnout by increasing opportunities for people to vote. A continuous poll, before advance polls, will allow voters to cast ballots at a returning office anytime during office hours. Mobile polls will be used more extensively, and write-in ballots will be encouraged. The chief electoral officer can set up advisory committees to look for ways to help persons with disabilities vote independently. Other improvements include: greater independence and accountability of the Office of the Chief Electoral Officer improved protection of personal information allowing parties to access age demographic information so candidates can encourage people to vote by using age-based interests a provision for the registration and regulation of third-party participants in an election more opportunities for youth to participate in the administration of elections clear authority for the CEO to investigate alleged breaches of the act ability for merit-based selection of returning officers rules for divesting assets of a registered political partylast_img read more

Theres three times more jobs in construction than a year ago

first_imgNEW RESEARCH FROM one of Ireland’s top recruitment firms has shown a three-fold increase in jobs available in the property and construction sector.Quantity surveyors, project managers, site engineers and property managers have been most sought after in recent months.It follows on from data contained in Ulster Bank’s construction purchasing manager’s index (PMI) which showed a pick up in activity in the sector.Statistics released last month by the Central Statistics Office also showed that annual wage inflation in the construction sector was out-stripping other professions, up by 10.2% in the year to the end of April.The average weekly wage for someone in the construction sector is now €704.41.Low baseHays director of construction and property Mike McDonagh said that it is “encouraging to see positive signs of growth within construction and property.” However, these professionals remain scarce on the ground, so are in strong demand.Read: Irish construction output is on the way up, but house building is on the way down>Read: There isn’t enough office space in Dublin to fit all the new start-ups> The sector has taken a battering in recent years and while we are starting from a lot base, the need for construction professionals is again growing.He said that the majority of construction projects are in the commercial sector, particularly Nama-controlled projects that are now being finished out.In the context of sluggish levels of house building when compared to commercial construction, he said that a “slight increase in activity on the residential side” was now detectable.He added:“Property jobs are also on the increase. The need for further commercial property, particularly in Dublin, has seen an increased need for surveyors, general practice surveyors, property managers and letting agents.”last_img read more