Thursday 1 October, 2020

BFA AGM and Elections have been postponed again amidst controversy

BFA President Randy Harris [front, second from left] with Caribbean and Argentine delegates

BFA President Randy Harris [front, second from left] with Caribbean and Argentine delegates

After weeks of complaints, chaos and controversy, the Barbados Football Association (BFA) Annual General Meeting (AGM) and elections have been postponed yet again.

Originally scheduled for March 22, the event was postponed due to the arrival of COVID-19 to our shores.

The Executive Board announced in June that the event will now be hosted on August 9 at the Wildey Gymnasium.

However, in an interesting series of events, the AGM has now been deferred to September 6, at the same venue.

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For a number of weeks, past BFA executive members, club administrators and prospective board members have expressed their grievances with a number of matters surrounding the football association and more specifically the protocols and practices of the AGM.

Reports of a crooked nomination process, where the board members who are contesting in the elections are also the “electoral officers”, the unavailability of the one person authorized to handle the submission of nomination forms, a lack of communication from the BFA to the member clubs pertaining to the AGM and some persons even stating that their nomination forms were personally rejected, despite following the Statues of the BFA.

The above grievances decorated the local media for the last month, setting up for a heated meeting, which could discount the real purpose of the event - the growth of the game.

President of the BFA Randy Harris with his wisdom and 40 years of football administration experience, held an Extraordinary General Meeting last Thursday night (August 6) at the Wildey Gymnasium with the member clubs to address their issues relative to the AGM and charter a path forward with less obstacles and with greater transparency.

At the end of the well-attended meeting, which included former BFA president George Lascaris and executive hopefuls; Wotton Football Club President Rasheed Belgrave and former national goalkeeper Omari Eastmond, a score of 37-2 resulted in the decision to have the current nomination process dissolved and the AGM postponed until September 6.

Persons interested in vying for a place on the executive board of the BFA will now have until August 21 to submit their nomination forms to the BFA office and reviewed by the pending Nomination Committee.

The posts available are; President, Senior Vice President, Junior Vice President, Treasurer, Assistant Treasurer and Executive member.

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