Despite it being in conflict with FIFA and AFC statutes, the Bangladesh Football Federation (BFF) is mulling whether to bring back voting rights for its executive member by amending its constitution ahead of the upcoming BFF polls, which are to be held in April next year.
An emergency meeting of the executive committee yesterday approved the proposal to hold an extraordinary general meeting (EGM) to place the proposal before the councilors, who will ultimately have to endorse the changes in the BFF constitution before they can take effect.
“We decided in principle at today’s meeting to hold an EGM after some executive members demanded their voting rights be returned if they, being BFF councillors, contest the BFF polls. We need to get approval from general councillors through the EGM, which will be held within two weeks after the official notice,” said BFF general secretary Abu Nayeem Shohag.
Asked whether the proposal conflicted with the BFF constitution or with FIFA and AFC statutes, Shohag said: “The current statutes of the BFF don’t allow its executive members to cast votes. That’s why we are going to amend it through EGM, but there are no FIFA/AFC established law about it.”
Approximately two weeks before the 2008 BFF polls, executive members lost their voting rights upon instructions from the AFC. Since then, two more polls followed the rules. The BFF constitution does not permit any members of the current executive committee to become delegates, so they have no voting right.
Shohag informed that they would send the amendments to FIFA and AFC to get final approval, subject to the EGM accepting the proposal.
It has been learnt that there were discussions about making more changes to the constitution by giving councillorship to more clubs of the 2nd and 3rd Division football leagues as well as the Pioneer League.
The meeting discussed two other matters: reinstating the rule of allowing one councillor to contest in the polls and that any BFF president aspirant must be in the executive committee at least once before contesting the post.