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Presidential selection faces modest reform

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ICE COUNCIL last month ducked a decision on reforms to the way presidents and vice presidents are elected, choosing instead to consult with the regions after failing to reach a consensus after almost two hours of debate.

There have been calls for Council to consider reforming the system, which some council members see as undemocratic.

At present potential vice presidents are approached by a selection panel, with Council merely approving the recommendation of the panel.

A working party, set up to consider changes to the system last June, finally presented two options to Council.

The preferred option was for the selection panel to offer up two or three potential candidates each year, making no distinction between succeeding and non-succeeding vice presidents. Council would then vote to select the winner.

However, current vice presidents spoke out against the plan, saying that they would have been reluctant to stand in an open competition. President Adrian Long also added that such a 'US president style election' would harm the vice president team.

As a result the majority of Council backed a watered down version of the reform, which would see more ordinary members of Council on the selection panel.

A straw poll showed this to be the favoured option by 29 votes to 12, but Council refused to vote finally on the issue until the regions had been fully consulted.

The final decision will now be made by Council in June.

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