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12 things every election count centre should have

12 things every election count centre should have

For those who haven't an interest in elections and what goes on at the count centres, let me break it down for you what happens.

A load of people sort out papers by votes and another load of people stand in front of them trying to count them, known as tallymen.

But, what is there to do for the regular Joe Soap who might not be involved but would like to wait and see how the counts fare out? In a nutshell, not a whole lot, so we've compiled a list of things count centres should have to bring more of a carnival atmosphere.

1. Bouncy castles.

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6 hours have passed, and there's still no count. You're feeling a bit tired, so you need something to bring bit of 'bounce' back into your day.

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2. Bubble soccer

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When you and your mates want to check out who'll be representing you and have a bit of fun with those who are elected by playing a nice, er, 'clean' game of bubble soccer. Maybe even a Media vs Politcians match?

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3. Silent disco

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Obviously count centres are very tense, and minimal noise is ideal for everyone involved who are trying to count the votes and tally the results. That's what makes a silent disco ideal. You and your friends can each get a headset and bop away to Avicii and David Guetta without interrupting anyone AND having fun.

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And if you care enough to know the result, they can interupt you when they have a count!

4. Free pizza

Who doesn't love free pizza?

5. An intimate Ed Sheeran acoustic session

Because let's be honest, the man's soothing voice would calm anyone down!

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6. A head masseuse

They work at Electric Picnic, so they're surely ideal for politicians and their supporters when the stress hits, right?

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(Can we talk about how cute this is, by the way?^)

7. Mario Kart corner

For anyone who has played multi-player Mario Kart, it's fast-paced, it's mental and it's a mix of a good laugh and stressful, but either way it's great to let off some steam as well.

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8. A kiss cam

Again, the long wait for a first count can take it's toll, so why not introduce a kiss cam, where the camera points itself at a lucky (or unlucky) couple and they plant one on each other... or this happens:

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Either way, it's entertaining and livens up the crowd.

9. Selfie Stand

We've all seen how the leaders of each of the parties enjoy the odd selfie, so why not allocate 'selfie time' with each candidate throughout the day?

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10. Sumo suits!

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Just because.

11. Spray tan booth

There's every chance you won't have a chance to go home and get ready for the night out afterwards, and the huns have to look deadly!

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12. Pin the tie on the politician.

This could be one for the younger ones you might have to enjoy, would take a great effort to beat the one on Wexford TD Mick Wallace during the campaign however:

We can all dream, but imagine the craic you'd have at the count centre party.

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