IFA presidential candidates in Longford debate



The IFA presidential debate takes place tonight at the Longford Arms Hotel where proceedings will kick off at 8pm.  

All members are asked to attend as the event will provide everyone with an opportunity to meet with the candidates and talk openly with them about the relevant issues.

The six candidates in the race will attend the meeting which is one of a  number taking place around the country.   

Voting for the election will take place between Tuesday March 29 and Thursday April 14 and a total of 947 IFA branches will vote in the elections.

IFA Executive Council decided to hold the elections for IFA President and Deputy President under the One Member One Vote system.

This means that each vote, irrespective of which of the 947 branches a member is attached to, has the same value.

The One Member One Vote system replaces the weighted system which meant that whichever candidate won the most votes in a branch was awarded the branch vote in full.

The number of votes they received depended on the voting turnout in the branch.

The election of regional chairmen is different in that it operates on the basis that members of each County Executive in the region decide who should fill the role.

Each county executive in regions where a contest is to be held will hold a meeting where candidates will make presentations and the vote will then be held.

Each national officer may hold their position for a maximum of two two-year terms and IFA’s Executive Council has decided not to allow proxy voting.

The National Count will be held in on April 19 next and the officers will take office at the AGM which will follow the count.