Saturday, June 1, 2013

Cameroon Risks FIFA Suspension as FECAFOOT Elections Flop

 Sources say FIFA has send a letter to FECAFOOT indicating that elections should be held before 6 June." Yet it is not yet clear when FECAFOOT elections would take place after the decision by the Prime Minister to suspend elections. It is alleged that if Cameroon doesn't compile, FIFA may likely suspend Cameroon. Possibilities of Cameroon not participating in the upcoming world cup are indicative, source hinted.

Biyam added that the Arbitrary and Conciliatory Chamber of the National Olympic and Sports Committee is not mandated to handle election matters. “It is supposed to deal with conflicts only and that all the decisions taken by the body do not stand," Biyam said.

The security concerns arose after several problems during regional football elections in the build up to the main FECAFOOT polls.

The problems were exasperated when the chamber ruled that current FECAFOOT president, Iya Mohammed, was not eligible to stand in the elections.
Mohammed was due to stand against first vice-president John Begheni Ndeh and outsider Marlene Emvoutou, the only female in the race.

Ndeh had argued that Mohammed was not fit to hold public office, given his ongoing problems at the Cameroon Cotton Development Corporation.
Mohamed is currently embroiled in corruption allegations with regards to his management of the corporation.

The Supreme State Audit recently suspended him from holding any managerial position for seven years after millions of dollars went missing from the company.

The elections have been dogged by controversy with sports minister Adoum Garoua forced to back down on his decision to stop the polls in April after FIFA warned that his move was tantamount to government interference.

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