IFA agrees new process to solve Connacht election deadlock

The IFA Executive Council has taken an initiative in an effort to progress the election of the Connacht Regional Chairman, National Returning Officer Jer Bergin has stated.

Following a debate at the AGM, the Council decided by an overwhelming majority on a process whereby the nominations of the five candidates by their own County Executives would stand.

Each County Chairman is now to be invited to endorse one of the other candidates from outside their County Executive by voting 1, 2, 3 in a secret ballot.

This process allows for five new endorsements and any existing candidate who receives two such endorsements (quota) will be nominated for the position of Connacht Chairman. The new process will close by 3.30pm on Friday, May 6.

Subject to the outcome being a contested election, the Council agreed in principle to a rule change whereby this election would be based on the votes of the members of the five County Executives and the weighted vote from the recent Presidential election would not apply.

As it stands, no candidate has met the previous criteria for the position and it seems no one is willing to pull out of the race and give their county signature to another.

After two nomination processes, the region has been left with five candidates meaning no county could back another.