Mar 22, 2013 Sports
Mr. Franklin Wilson, President (ag) of the Guyana Football Federation, have a moral and constitutional obligation to the footballing fraternity, to act hastily in annulling the results of the recently held AGM of the BFA, on 16.03.13 at the Association’s Office.
Wilson’s failure to act would definitely tarnish his image, despite the fact that he has failed to receive a nomination for the presidency of the GFF, when the AGM, is convened on 12.04.13. But he must also take into serious consideration his appointment to CFU’s Futsal Committee!
Meanwhile, with “Conflict Resolution” an integral part of FIFA’s Statutes, in addition, Parliamentary Procedure provides Wilson with ample grounds to declare the BFA’s Electoral Process “null and void”.
This is primarily due to the Association’s failure to produce an audited financial statement over the last two years, which should have relegated the Association’s status with the GFF, to an associate!
Editor, I always had my reservations about the “modus operandi” of the BFA, more so, when an allegation of “fraud” had surfaced a few years ago, but was swept under the carpet by Klass. Wasn’t this out of loyalty and subservience to the then president, who could have always counted on Berbice, for its two votes? Is it, “the more things change, the more they remain the same”?
That only recently Mr. Lawrence Griffith, an employee of the GFF, who was honoured recently by the Referees Council, performed the duties of the Returning Officer, while the Federation’s 3rd Vice President, Mr. Duane Lovell, the Referees Council Treasurer, represented the Federation’s interest!
Isn’t this a “travesty of natural justice and due process”? As the bigger picture surrounding that entire scenario, defies the logic of “Fair Play”! Whereas with the President of the Referees Council, by way of nomination and seconding (Referees Council) contesting the presidency of the GFF provides a distinct and unfair advantage, Since both individuals prior to the commencement of the AGM, would have interacted with the entire executive, albeit, campaigning! In this aspect the results of the Elections of Office Bearers must be nullified and be deemed null and void.
Finally, it’s either a fresh AGM is reconvened with Wilson representing the interest of the Federation, and the General Secretary, or his Deputy, performing the duties of Returning Officer. Additionally, the candidacy for the respective positions of the Federation’s AGM should be included on the Agenda, while a 2/3 majority must be obtained, in relation to the clubs voting rights pertaining to their Financial Statements.
The BFA President cannot pronounce on such a sensitive issue, when his two years old administration by a similar token cannot produce a Financial Statement!
If the clubs must wait until May, (2 months away) then O’ Jeer must give the clubs an ample opportunity to do the same, or the GFF, nullify the voting rights of Berbice, at its AGM. Frankie, at least demit office as President (ag), on a high note, with your head held high.
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