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JFF reviewing voting statute

Published:Tuesday | January 19, 2021 | 12:10 AM

The issue regarding the number of delegates allowed votes at the Congress of the Jamaica Football Federation (JFF) is under review for change.

This was announced by JFF President Michael Ricketts at the annual general meeting (AGM) held in St Mary on Saturday.

“We have begun work on the revision of the statutes under the guidance of FIFA,” he said.

“Discussions began with a FIFA representative who visited the island in 2020. Since then, FIFA has sent some proposals which a task force established by the [JFF] board has examined and given comments back to FIFA. This is a process that you as delegate and the broader football fraternity will be actively involved in as decision-makers.”

Ricketts, who had publicly voiced support for the broadening of the process, said, “I want to re-assure and commit that in the coming period through all means available to us – face to face, through town hall meeting or virtually – stakeholders will be part of the process of discussion before final decision at congress.”

There are a number of best practices that will be part of the process of the review.

He said a review of the definition of memberships, with the aim of widening and deepening the current membership structure, is taking place.

“The representation here at our AGM, as well as voting rights at congress, could change based on best practices,” Ricketts said.

The change, to reduce the delegates from over 130 to the existing 13, was made under former president, the late Captain Horace Burrell.

Ricketts also said that the ongoing review and consultation involves term limits.