18 slots for grabs at GOC congress

Richard Akpokavi - GOC Secretary General

Richard Akpokavi – GOC Secretary General

It has emerged that there would be 18 positions for grabs at the March 2017 elective congress of the Ghana Olympic Committee.
The number, according to a source from the GOC, falls short of the 19 positions contested for by delegates at the previous election.
The reduction followed a review of the committee’s constitution in a bid to reshape the Executive Board of the GOC.
As per the guidelines for elections set and adopted by the congress of the GOC on Saturday, the highest position to be contested for remains the President of the committee.
Three slots would also be available for the three Vice Presidents followed by a Secretary General, Assistant Secretary General, Treasurer and Assistant Treasurer.
Five representatives would also be elected to join the board from National Federations affiliated to the International Federations recognized by the IOC and whose sports are included in the Olympic programme.
There would also be slots each available to members from Non-Olympic Sport Federation as well as a National Federation affiliated to the GOC.
Three other members would also be elected by the Congress to join the board.
According to the guidelines, the elections shall be held on March 15, 2017 with nominations opening from February 21 to March 7 between 10am to 5pm each day.
Congress agreed that nominations for election to the Executive Board shall be made by member Federations as candidates are required to pick forms at the GOC secretariat and complete them for submission on the aforementioned dates.
Again, nomination forms shall be endorsed by the President or Vice President of any Federation who must indicate their respective position and also agreeing that no Federation or Association shall propose more than one candidate for any position.
The meeting also accepted that member Federation or Association endorsing any candidate shall be properly affiliated to the GOC in accordance with its constitution.
And to ensure a high level of transparency, members proposed that names of delegates to vote at the congress be delivered at the GOC Office no later than 5pm.
Saturday’s congress was held at the Theodosia Okoh Hockey Pitch in Accra.

By Andrew Nortey

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