October 05, 2016
Fiji Football Association’s annual congress today passed a motion whereby the President of the parent body can only serve for a term of 12 years.
This means that any elected president can only serve a maximum of 3 terms of 4 years.
The motion which was put in by current president Rajesh Patel was passed after a lot of debate as many district administrators questioned why there should be a limit to the term; however after some discussions the motion received support from the majority.
Mr Patel told FijiLive that there was some misconception regarding the motion before it was brought before the house.
“The motion does not mean that there will be no more presidency election. The next election for presidency is in 2019 and elections will happen after every four years. It doesn’t mean that election won’t happen. It is a 3x4 year term limit that has been set for a president to serve.”
“Elections will happen, so if I don’t win the next election I am out but continuously you cannot serve more than 12 years in office.”
“This is something that people did not understand. People thought that I am putting this motion and that I will be continuously there for 12 years. No, it’s a 3x4 year term and any president in office will fight for election after every term. If I win I am in and if not then I am out but I cannot remain in the position for more than 12 years.”
“A lot of executives questioned why a limit should be set for the position saying that if a person is doing a good job then he should stay for 20-25 years. They were especially aiming at me and saying that you are doing a good job and why should you restrict yourself to only 12 years. I said no as there is always a person who can come in the place. You can train anybody else for the position and give him/her a chance to contest,” added Mr Patel.
Meanwhile the congress also passed the motion to rescind the honorary membership of Nardeo Mishra.
Mr Patel said that Fiji FA regulations are very clear and Mr Mishra had to serve directly to Fiji FA for 10 years or more and not through any member associations.
He added that he will also be personally filing a law suit against Mr Mishra for defamation.
By Reginald Chandar