Bangladesh Football Federation on Friday decided to postpone its forthcoming elections amid nationwide shutdown for global coronavirus pandemic.
The BFF poll was scheduled on April 20 when some 140 councillors were expected to vote to elect a 21-member executive committee.
A meeting of BFF executive committee, where members were not required to be present physically but gave their opinion through email, made the decision to postpone the elections.
BFF general secretary Abu Nayeem Shohag said they sent an email to members asking their opinion about holding or postponing the elections. A total of 20 members responded back, opining unanimously to postpone the elections.
The BFF officials only could not reach executive member Harunur Rashid for his opinion.
‘The executive committee of the BFF has decided to postpone the BFF Elective Congress 2020, previously scheduled to be held on April 20, unless the situation becomes normal. The same will be communicated to AFC and FIFA,’ the BFF later said in a statement.
The meeting also decided to extend the deadline for the submission of councillors’ name for seven days from March 31 to April 7.
BFF secretary said the concerned District Football Associations or other affiliated bodies could send their name through email, if was not possible to send letter through couriers.
The relevant bodies also can follow BFF’s formula to hold their meeting online before selecting their respective councillor, said the BFF secretary.
During Friday’s meeting, the BFF executive body also extended their tenure to an unspecified time. The present tenure of BFF executive committee will expire on April 30 but an election appeared impossible during this extraordinary situation.
‘We will inform the matter to FIFA and AFC. Hopefully they will ratify our decision,’ said Shohag.
Meanwhile, BFF vice-president Badal Roy, who wished to challenge incumbent president Kazi Salahuddin in the election, welcomed the decision of postponement.
‘It was our demand to postpone the decision,’ Badal told New Age. ‘They should have done this before because it is time to stand by people help them during this period of crisis,’ he said.
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