Update on the Electoral Reform Act 2022
The Electoral Reform Act 2022 (the Act), brings about significant changes to the electoral system in Ireland.
From the perspective of online platforms, Part 4 and Part 5 will be of key importance as they impose new obligations on platform providers to (i) ensure transparency in respect of online political advertising on their services; and (ii) to notify/take action in respect of dis/misinformation relating to online electoral processes on their services.
While the Act was signed into law on 25 July 2022, only certain sections of the Act have been commenced. Part 4 and Part 5 of the Act have not yet been commenced.