IFA voter turnout down 30pc in Connacht and 14pc nationally
Voter turnout in December's IFA elections was down 14pc, with the biggest decrease in the west, where turnout plummeted by 30pc when compared to the elections in 2009.
More than three quarters of the association's 27 executive regions showed a decline, with some showing a collapse of close to 50pc.
Official figures for the election show that only one in three of the organisation's 88,000 members cast their vote. Some 31,730 members voted at the 946 polling centres, which is equivalent to just 36pc of the eligible electorate.
However, a statement from the IFA's national returning officer, Michael Keane, insisted that turnout was excellent since there were three fewer regional contests, which resulted in seven fewer counties with candidates running compared to four years ago.
Four of the seven regions that bucked the downward trend by showing a higher turnout than the 2009 election were the home counties of candidates who faced a contest in the election -- Jer Bergin's Laois, Eddie Downey's Meath, JJ Kavanagh's Wexford and James McCarthy's Kerry.
The increase of 60pc in Meath and 59pc in Laois reflected the measure of local support behind the two candidates for the national presidency.
More modest increases were recorded in Wexford (+17pc) and Kerry (+11pc), where candidates for the deputy presidency and Munster chairman were based.