By Denis Turyahebwa
The FUFA Electoral Committee on Thursday issued the road map that will be followed for the forthcoming 2021 FUFA elections.
The road map was released by the FUFA Electoral Committee Chairman, Mathias Bwiire alongside his Vice, Joram Katende and Committee Member Ritah Aliguma in the presence of FUFA Legal Manager, Dennis Lukambi who represented the FUFA CEO, Edgar Watson.
Every after four years, FUFA elects new leaders and according to the FUFA legal manager Denis Lukambi, all the materials needed for the process have been provided already.
It should be noted that the President according to the FUFA Statutes must be elected by 31st August. According to the road map, the Electoral activities will run between, 25th April to the day the FUFA President is elected.
“We have started the FUFA Electoral exercise by releasing the road map today. There are several activities lined up including civic education, display of registers, nomination, election and declaration of results from the District Football Associations (DFAs), Regional Football Associations (RFA) to the FUFA Executive Committee,” confirmed Bwiire.
Lukambi indicated that the FUFA Electoral road map and the entire process was approved by FIFA.
‘The elections will be guided by the FUFA Statutes, Electoral Code and guidelines. The FUFA Statutes and Electoral Code were approved by FIFA and given the green light within which elections should proceed.’ He stated.
The FUFA Legal manager further stipulated that the process will be free, fair.
‘The grassroots process has started and however is eligible and interested in activities of the game is welcome at any electoral position if they meet the set standards.’ He added.
He further called upon whoever has a role to play in the election process like players, club owners who are officially registered with FUFA, women in the football sport, coaches, referees, those in Beach soccer, futsal to pick up the interest in the leadership positions.
“Registers will be taken to the district level so whoever is registered with FUFA as a club owner, those who invest in the sport and are registered in the FUFA registers will confirm to participate in the elections”. Lukambi added.
On another hand, FUFA electoral committee chairman Mathias Bwiire said elections will be free and fair.
“Electoral committee is an independent committee elected by all the delegates to present and preside over elections which are guided by the first statute that has been in place for several years”.
The following are an important issue to note through the elections process;
The FUFA Executive Committee must have two female members.
Of the 6 delegates that represent each of the 8 FUFA Regions, one must be female.
The Ordinary FUFA General Assembly is the supreme and legislative body of football in Uganda and is comprised of 34 members (Associations) that are represented by 88 delegates representing the 8 regions of FUFA, Uganda Premier League, FUFA Big League and Special Interest Groups.