The Trinidad and Tobago Football Association (TTFA) failed to satisfy Article 27.3 of its constitution as it relates to holding an AGM while many of the voting delegates are in contravention of Article 10.2.
But, according to a football insider, the elections are expected to take place regardless from 2 pm on Sunday November 29 at the Hasely Crawford Stadium’s VIP room.
“Everything seems to be in order,” said the source, who spoke on the condition of anonymity. “I don’t foresee any issues. Or should I say there are no issues unless somebody raises an issue tomorrow…
“People are of the view that they want the election to take place and it is really for the members to decide.”
This evening, FIFA observers met with members of the TTFA’s electoral committee and secretariat, which is headed by interim general secretary Paula Chester-Cumberbatch, and the prognosis is said to be good for hopes of a football election.
Whether or not all five candidates—Selby Browne, David John-Williams, Ramesh Ramdhan, Clynt Taylor and incumbent Raymond Tim Kee—play along is another matter although, thus far, the delegates have expressed their desire to face the polls.
According to Article 27.3, which stipulates the steps that should precede an AGM, the TTFA is responsible for providing delegates with: the agenda, the activity report, the financial statements, the independent external auditors’ report, and the minutes of the last general meeting as well as any other relevant documents.
These should have been sent out 14 days before the AGM. But, on Thursday night, Tim Kee could not even assure I95.5 FM that the relevant documents would be ready on the day of the elections.
Worse, the delegates, according to Article 10.2, are required to fulfil a checklist of criteria to be eligible to vote, which includes: a legally valid constitution, a copy of the minutes of its last General Meeting or constitutional meeting and a copy of its audited financial statements for the previous financial year.
Less than half of the 47 delegates expected to vote tomorrow—the players and coaches associations are both defunct—meet those standards while they were advised by the electoral committee that there was an 18 month transitionary period before they had to comply.
FIFA apparently disagreed.
“FIFA’s position is that you must comply,” said the source. “But you have to take into consideration that it is an 18 month transitional period and all parties could not have reasonably complied (between July and November).
“We tried to tell people to comply as best as possible with 10.2… It is impossible for people to comply with all those things in such a short space of time.”
FIFA, as an observer, apparently decided not to intervene. But the TTFA will hope that all five presidential candidates play along to avoid confusion tomorrow or in the aftermath of the possible result.
TTFA presidential candidates: Selby Browne, David John-Williams, Ramesh Ramdhan, Clynt Taylor and Raymond Tim Kee;
TTFA vice-presidential candidates: Joanne Salazar, Ewing Davis, Allan Warner (John-Williams’ slate), John Sabga (Ramdhan’s slate), Colin Murray, Keston Nancoo and Kamau Bandele (Tim Kee’s slate).
Editor’s Note: Click HERE to read more about who can vote at the TTFA elections.