Prospective candidates for the Dáil General Election due to be held on Feb 26th 2016 may use the forms available for download below to register their candidacy.  Candidates should contact the office of the Returning Officer to make an appointment to register their nomination.   All candidates will require a completed Nomination form.   Candidates running under the banner of a registered political party should get a certificate of political affiliation signed by the designated party officials.   Non-party candidates must lodge a deposit of €500 with the returning officer or submit a completed Form of Statutory Declaration by Assentors.  Assentors should use the same name on that form as the name that appears on the electoral register to ensure that the form can be processed correctly.