The Electoral Code that governs the elections of the St. Vincent and the Grenadines Football Federation (SVGFF) scheduled for Thursday, March 21, 2024, will feature procedure and regulations akin to national general election.
Among the features will be a polling booth, similar to what obtains at national elections.
This dictates that delegates will vote individually, instead of the ballots being handed out and delegates vote collectively.
Accordingly, the chairperson of the Electoral Committee shall call in turn each delegate of the Member (Affiliate) present and eligible to vote to move to the front of the Congress Hall and, after signing receipt of the ballot paper form, receive ballot paper.
As outlined by the Electoral Code, “Once called the relevant delegate shall then complete his/her ballot paper in the polling booth designated for this purpose. Polling booth shall be placed in a visible spot, but still allow the delegate to cast his vote secretly”.
Once the delegate completes his/her voting, he/she shall deposit the ballot paper in the ballot box, sign the electoral register and return to his/her seat.
Like that of national elections, “No mobile phones, cameras or any other devices shall be allowed in the polling booth”.
The procedure/regulations were mapped up last Monday, February 5, 2024.
This, as affiliates approved a four-member Electoral Committee, as well as a three-member Appeals Committee.
The Electoral Committee is now tasked with making background Integrity Checks on the thirty- three candidates who have indicated their intentions to contest the elections.
These checks are to be completed by February 20, 2024. A five-day window, February 23-27, is allowed for appeals.
Thereafter, all eligible candidates will be made known by March, 1, 2024, and the Formal Convocation of the Congress released March 11, 2024.
The incoming Executive will serve for the next quadrennial