IFA members to face procedure change over election processes
The IFA rank-and-file membership could lose voting rights in the election of some top ranking officers under a revision of election procedures being considered by the organisation.
The IFA rules and privileges committee has been mandated by the organisation's national executive to draft an outline of changes to procedures.
There is increasing concern within the organisation at the escalating scale of expenditure by candidates engaging in the election process.
It is estimated that the overall cost of the election for president, deputy president and four regional vice-presidents, which take place every four years, is now close to €1m.
The organisation is considering a recommendation that voting in the election of the four regional vice-presidents be confined to official branch delegates, which would eliminate the requirement for candidates to engage in a personal canvass of every member within each region.
The number of official branch delegates generally varies between one and four depending on the size of the branch. The proposed changes, if adopted, would facilitate the canvas being conducted at county level.
It is the only major Irish farm organisation in which the full membership has a vote in the election of president, deputy president and regional vice-presidents.
In both the ICMSA and ICSA the positions of president and deputy president are elected by national councils, comprising of county delegates.