Dec 21, 2009, 12:26 PM
The final draft of the GFA constitution is ready, and would be distributed to stakeholders by October 15, highly placed sources told this reporter Wednesday.
The draft, perused and completed with Fifa’s input following the visit of their constitutional expert Nicholas Valticos, arrived at the Football House Wednesday.
Responding to questions as to what the next stage of the constitutional matters would be, Omar Sey spokesperson of the Normalization Committee, NC, said the draft would be sent to all stallholders including those in the regions by October 15 for study.
“It is only after that, that the next stage of organizing a general meeting will be called to adopt it to be followed by elections.
Constitutional reforms, especially on areas dealing with the membership of the GFA has been the bone of contention between the NC and protesting football delegates from the regions.
The arrival of the draft comes on the heels of a six month-extension to the life of the NC, who are keen to get over the imbroglio brought about by the refusal of most of the regions to attend initial discussions on the matter.
However, according to Mr Sey, consultations with all stakeholders have always been on the card and, unlike the past attempt at a tour curtailed due largely to Ramadan, this one would be surely embarked upon by mid-month,’’ he said.
The draft made some drastic changes to the membership of the GFA, with eligible voters in future elections reduced from 204 to 55 members. The breakdown is given in Article 23 as follows.
-The General Assembly shall be composed of 77 Delegates, among which there are 55 voting delegates which shall consist of -
-Two delegates from each of the 12 First Division National League Clubs; with one vote per club (12 votes);
-Two delegates from each of the 10 Second Division National League Clubs; with one vote per club (10 votes);
-Three delegates from each of the seven Regional Football Associations (21 delegates); with each delegate having a voting right (21 votes);
-Two delegates from the Women’s Football Association; with each delegate having a voting right (2 votes).