Connacht IFA will elect a representative for the region by Friday, June 24, after several months of controversy in the province.

Two candidates are in the running for the position of IFA Connacht Chairman – Eddie Davitt from Sligo and Padraic Joyce from Mayo.

Davitt and Joyce, both former County Chairmen, were nominated to run for the position following a secret ballot vote by the region’s five County Chairmen in early May.

Connacht had been in deadlock for several months over the position of Regional Chairman as one candidate was nominated from each county for the top job meaning no county could endorse another to go forward for the position.

In order to appoint a representative for the region, each County Chairman voted to endorse one of the other candidates from outside their County Executive by voting 1, 2, 3 in a secret ballot.

Next week, voting will take place in each of the County Executives where all members of the Connacht County Executives are entitled to vote by secret ballot, IFA has confirmed.

This includes county officers, representatives on national committees/ sections and on Executive Council, two Macra representatives and up to four delegates per branch.

Voting in the election of the new Connacht Chairman will take place at five county executive meetings which will be held next week.

The counting of votes will take place on Friday, June 24 and a venue has yet to be decided for the count.

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