“Article 39.3 of the Constitution states: ‘Only the President may propose the appointment or dismissal of the General Secretary’.
“Now, the Oxford English Dictionary defines the word ‘propose’ as follows: ‘To put forward for consideration’ or ‘to nominate as a candidate’. ‘Propose’ does not mean ‘select’ or ‘elect’…”
Trinidad and Tobago Football Referees Association (TTFRA) vice-president and former St Augustine Secondary principal Osmond Downer, one of the framers of the Trinidad and Tobago Football Association (TTFA) constitution, explains why football president David John-Williams cannot unilaterally decide on the fate of the TTFA general secretary:
At the reconvened AGM of the TTFA held on 9 December 2018, the following motion was accepted by unanimous vote of the delegates present: “That the AGM expresses satisfaction with the work of the General Secretary during his tenure and will exhort the President to take this into account in considering the renewal of the contract of the General Secretary.”
When this motion was adopted, the President gave the impression to the meeting that [he] has all the say in the appointment or dismissal of the General Secretary. Colleagues, according to the Constitution of the TTFA. This is certainly not not correct.
Article 39.3 of the Constitution states: “Only the President may propose the appointment or dismissal of the General Secretary.”
Now, the Oxford English Dictionary defines the word “propose” as follows: “To put forward for consideration” or “to nominate as a candidate.”
“Propose” does not mean “select” or “elect.”
To whom does the President put forward a nominee for consideration in a matter of appointment or dismissal of a General Secretary? The answer is, according to the Constitution, “The Board of Directors of the TTFA.”
Article 36(f) on the Powers of the Board of Directors states “shall appoint or dismiss the General Secretary on the proposal of the President”.
Now, therefore, who considers the appointment or dismissal of the General Secretary? The answer is “the Board of Directors.”
The President only puts forward to the board his proposals for the consideration of the Board and it is the Board that makes the decision whether to accept or not accept the President’s proposal: “The Board shall appoint or dismiss…”
The President’s only—but important—function here is to propose and nothing else. The Board, in this matter, can reject the President’s proposal; [but] the Board cannot, on its own, make an appointment or termination. The Board must then refer the matter back to the President for him to make another proposal for the consideration of the Board of Directors and for its decision.
I trust that this matter has now been clarified for all concerned.