The Ghana Athletics Association (GAA), has revised its constitution ahead of the December 2018 polls, Secretary General of the association, Bawa Fuseini has confirmed.
In the revised constitution, a fixed three terms have been approved for candidates vying for any position within the association, and members who are seventy (70) years and above are ineligible to contest in the upcoming and subsequent elections.
Candidates serving on the current executive council have two terms left if any of them wins the position of the President, however, incumbent President of the association, Professor Francis Dodoo can only run for one term as he has already served two terms, 2010 and 2014 as chief of the institution.
The International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF), in January 2017 announced that members who are 70 and above cannot contest for any position at the association, a decision that was embraced by the Confederation of African Athletics (CAA), and the GAA has also resolved to adopt the constitution ahead of its Congress on December 15.
“The IAAF reviewed its constitution and it came into effect in January 2017. The revised constitution binds every member Federation to amend their constitution to suit to the IAAF and we cannot have a constitution that run contrary to the that,” Secretary General of the GAA, Bawa Fuseini explained the decision to make the changes in an interview with Kwese Tv.
He added that: “At the CAA (Confederation of African Athletics) Congress in Morocco, they adopted it. Previously the IAAF positions were for life, there was no time limit, but now we have adopted what Sebastian Coe described as ‘evolution’ with the first criteria being the age barrier and term limits.”
Former GAA president George Lutterodt in an interview with state owned newspaper, Graphic tasked the GAA to be transparent as “We need to know how many delegates are voting, their names and the processes involved in the elections.”
Bawa Fuseini assured the delegates of “credible elections” but admonished them to campaign with decorum.
“Congress will be free and fair. A level playing field will be created for everybody to contest. I urge delegates to campaign with decorum. Speak to issues to devoid of insults and condemnation, convince delegates why you should be voted to lead the association. The secretariat will do all it can to make congress a success. It will be a free and transparent congress, a congress devoid of animosity and confusion.” He stated.
The secretariat will open for filing of nomination forms on November 2, 2018.