Sources within Fianna Fáil in South West Donegal were confused this afternoon after party HQ initiated a new system of voting for this weekend’s selection convention in Drimarone.
Initially each delegate was to receive three voting papers and was allowed to vote for one candidate in each area.
The areas as reported in the Monday edition of this newspaper include Bundoran to Ballintra, Laghey to Mountcharles and Inver to Glencolmcille.
This arrangement was confirmed to the Donegal Democrat by a senior party member as late as last Sunday afternoon.
News emerged this afternoon that this system had been changed and that delegates were now allowed to vote only for a candidate in their own area.
This effectively means that if you are a delegate from Donegal Town you can only vote for one of the two candidates in this own area.
One source who was highly critical of this last minute change said, “It seems that the goalposts have been shifted. The new system that we had agreed was totally democratic, cumann - free and gave every delegate a say on who should represent the party in the new municipal area; it was one person one vote. This latest system effectively means that a delegates can now only vote for a third of the candidates available in the selection process.”