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Irish general election: Polls open for first-ever Saturday general election vote
  Saturday 08 February, 2020
Irish general election: Polls open for first-ever Saturday general election vote

Voters are going to the polls in the Republic of Ireland's general election.

Polls opened at 07:00 local time and will close at 22:00.

Counting will begin on Sunday in all 39 constituencies. Newly elected TDs will gather on 20 February for the 33rd Dáil (Irish parliament).

A total of 160 representatives will be returned to the Dáil. The ceann comhairle, or speaker, is automatically re-elected.

In most situations, the speaker does not vote, so a government will need 80 TDs to hold a majority.

The election is Fine Gael leader Leo Varadkar's first as taoiseach (Irish prime minister).

Profile of Ireland's political parties
It is unlikely that any party will reach that number, so another coalition government is probable.

The election uses proportional representation with a single transferrable vote.

Source: https://www.bbc.com/news/world-europe-51416540

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