FG announces June 13 as new election date for board of sports federation

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[Abuja]–The Ministry of Youth and Sports on Friday announced June 13, 2017 as the new election date for boards of National Sports Federations after dissolving the current board.

This was made known by Mr. Solomon Dalung, Minister of Youth and Sports, in a statement signed by Nneka Anibeze, Special Assistant on Media to the Minister.

He said the dissolution which was one of the milestones of the existing State of Emergency in the Sector was to ensure the credibility of the upcoming electoral process and in the meantime all Secretaries of the federation are directed to take charge of their various Federations.

“In line with the Olympic Charter, all National Sports Federations are to serve for a period of 4 years.

“The federations were inaugurated in May 2013, and by tradition, federations are dissolved after every Olympic Games. Therefore, their tenure has now come to an end.

“To ensure a level playing ground and free and fair elections, where everyone will be given equal opportunity, the National Sports Federations are hereby dissolved from May 5.

“Secretaries are to take charge and run the affairs of their various federations during the process of the elections.

“The election date has also been extended to June 13, while every other programme for the electoral process will be adjusted to fit into the new election date.

“Further announcement on the new time table will be released in due course,” he said.

He further expressed his commitment to a successful transition process of democratizing the National Sports Federations and producing credible leadership.

Dalung said to this effect, the Ministry and the Nigeria Olympic Committee (NOC) would facilitate the electoral process.

“As part of our commitment to a free and fair process, the Ministry requested the National Sports Federations to submit copies of their constitutions.

“Unfortunately, as at today, only five federations complied. This leaves the Ministry and the NOC with no other option than to organize the elections based strictly on the guidelines.

“Federations that will be exempted are those that submitted their constitutions and there are certain requirements of notice, of which in the spirit of free and fair elections will be exempted.”

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