(CNS): The Cayman Islands Football Association will be holding its Extraordinary Congress on 28 May and nominations for the post of president are now open. The job became vacant last year after the arrest and later conviction of former CIFA president, Jeffrey Webb. Acting President Bruce Blake, who has also been under scrutiny after irregularities in the association’s finances emerged, sent a letter Wednesday to the membership asking for nominations for both president and deputy general secretary by the deadline of Friday 20 May.
As well as the elections, there will also be an update on CIFA’s financial situation, including the 2014 audit, a review of the 2015 Income and Expenses Report, and the adoption of a register of interests policy and procedures.
Sports Minister Osbourne Bodden cut government’s contribution to CIFA in August last year, largely over concerns about the lack of transparency in the organisation.
However, CIFA has faced broader criticisms from the community over questionable transactions regarding awards from FIFA and a “loan” from a sports company later becoming a “gift”. Questions were also asked about cash transfers in and out of CIFA accounts by former CIFA treasurer Canover Watson and Webb and the intermingling of money connected to AIS (Cayman) Ltd, a firm that was created to facilitate a corrupt contract with the HSA, for which Watson is currently serving a jail sentence.
Blake said that the 2015 Income and Expenses Report would be available by 13 May for members to collect, along with the agenda and the register of interest policy and procedures.
In light of the row that followed the last elections over how people can be nominated for the vacant positions, Blake said in the letter that nominees must be “bona fide” delegates of one of the member groups or clubs. He or she must make this known to the officers and members at least three days before the date of the Extraordinary Congress at which the officer is to be elected, which means by Wednesday, 25 May.
He added that as per Article 10.6 and Article 10.7, all nominations must have two proposers and two seconders and must be agreed upon by the nominee. “The two proposers should be different from the two seconders. Only full members of the CIFA and the CIFA Executive Committee are entitled to make nominations,” Blake stated.
All nominations will be revealed to the membership and the CIFA Executive Committee, he said, just three days before the date of the congress, where each entitled person has one vote.
“Only the members present are entitled to vote. Voting by proxy or by letter is not permitted,” Blake said, adding that delegates must belong to the member club that they represent and be appointed by the appropriate body of that member club.
The acting president, who is understood to be standing for the post himself, said the name of the voting delegates from each member must be sent on the member’s stationary or the football club’s official letterheads from the member’s president or general secretary to the CIFA acting general secretary before the opening of the Extraordinary Congress.
“Each member club shall submit to the CIFA office, on club official letterhead, the names of the two representatives of the member club that will be attending the Extraordinary Congress. One of these representatives shall be identified as the representative duly authorised by the member club to vote at the Extraordinary Congress. Each of the two representatives shall be duly registered with the respective member club and a member in good standing with the member club and with the CIFA,” Blake said.
It is not clear if the congress, which is taking place at the George Town Town Hall, will be open to other members of the public or the press. However, CNS, will endeavour to report on the congress proceedings and outcomes.
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