ABFA elections could be held in April

ABFA elections

The Antigua and Barbuda Football Association (ABFA) elections could be held within the next three months following a suggestion by president and former national player Everton Gonsalves that the body’s electoral congress is set to be held in April.

Gonsalves made the revelation to clubs attending a virtual meeting held Monday night via the Zoom platform, adding that he is in dialogue with the International governing body FIFA in hopes of tying down a specific date in April when the ABFA elections will be held.

The announcement comes almost 10 months after the March 2020 date when elections were constitutionally due to be held.

The vote has however been delayed due to COVID 19 restrictions on large gatherings.

As reported a few days ago, a letter seeking clarity from the Antigua and Barbuda Football Association (ABFA) regarding the reason or reasons for delaying constitutionally due elections had been copied to the sport’s international governing body, FIFA.

This is according to floor member and presidential hopeful, Barbara Coates, who said the decision was made based on advice they received from a lawyer during a meeting with some clubs in December last year.

“What we did is that we met with the clubs and we had a lawyer there, Loy Weste, who was able to articulate very clearly and explain certain points of the constitution and took questions as well from the members so that they could appreciate and understand what the constitution does for us and the powers that they as members have,” he said.

“We were able to have that meeting on 12 December and he had highlighted too, the lack of a tribunal would mean that with the ABFA not even responding to us, we could definitely go straight to FIFA,” he added.

The government lifted the state of emergency in December last year, paving the way for the vote to be held.

Barbara Coates, a floor member on the current ABFA executive, is the only person to have announce their intentions to challenge for the top spot.

Clubs told ABFA elections could be held in April  Antigua Observer


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