Reform of IFA structures due to be annonced today.

The reform of IFA structures due to be announced today could see a weighted branch vote system apply to all future elections. It’s one change which former Department of Agriculture Secretary Michael Dowling might suggest as part of his review of the organisation. The Kerry IFA Executive has 65 branches with over 4,000 members.Up to now, each branch has had one vote in all elections irrespective of their size. One suggestion coming from the review is a weighted system which would allocate votes to a branch depending on the turnout for the election of an officer. Thus, a branch with 100 members with each present would have four votes.As the second largest executive in the country, this new system is likely to be welcomed in Kerry. Less popular would be a reduction in the numbers sitting on National Council. The review is to be ratified before the end of the month.

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