Controversy mars EFF presidential election
- FIFA urges EFF to put election off
Following the recalled general assembly in November, the Ethiopian Football Federation (EFF) decided to postpone the election of a president to lead the body for a four-year term. However, the world football governing body (FIFA) decided the presidential and executive committee election be postponed once again.
In a letter, FIFA urged that the election take place on March 3, 2017 instead of on January 13. FIFA noted that the decision was made in order to head off government intervention in the electoral process. At the last general assembly, the committee members elected Zerihun Mekonnen as electoral committee chairperson.
But, since the second general assembly, the chairperson has been reporting that the electoral process was endangered by government interventions.
The electoral chairperson also noted that FIFA needed to assign investigators to oversee the election.
Following this, FIFA Secretary-General Fatma Samoura on January 8 2018 strongly advised EFF to seriously consider postponing the elections.
FIFA also stated that due to 2018 CHAN competition in Morocco, the election be postponed until the end of the tournament, February 4.
It was earlier that disagreement started among delegates. But, several sources unveiled that candidates have recently been arguing that FIFA rules are not implemented appropriately. Violation of FIFA guidelines are the second reason for the postponement.
Meanwhile, experts The Reporter approached noted that the repeated postponing of elections was straining EFF’s coffers.
Apart from incumbent Junedin Basha, ex-EFF President Ashebir Woldegiorgis (DDM), Teka Assefa, Esayas Jerra have so far thrown their hats to run for EFF president. Many commentators hold the view that football fixtures in the premier league are marked by inconsistent performance and the national team is still without a coach as it is one of the contending teams for a place at the 2019 African Cup of Nations (AFCON) tournament.