THIRTY-Two (32) affiliated soccer clubs will go into poll to elect the new Manus Soccer Association executives this Friday (October 22, 2021).
PNGFA Member Association manager Stanley Khanna said it would be a mammoth task for him and PNGFA Electoral Officer to conduct an AGM with big number of affiliated clubs.
Unlike previous years, PNGFA does not have an independent body to vet election process but now under the leadership of John Kapi Natto as president all election process must go through vetting processes.
He said only those associations with issues, the voting will be conducted by an independent body which is PNGFA Electoral body to show that there is transparency in handling those issues
Khanna is wary of the pre-election challenges as he has received little information coming out of Manus provincial capital Lorengau on number of candidates vying for the executive positions including the ordinary committee positions.
Incumbent president Jack Nawi Changau has been at the helm of the presidency role for the last two decades for Manus Soccer and have hinted that he would raise his hands to continue in the coming AGM on October 22.
Mr Khanna urged all registered financial 32 clubs to get their act together to contact him as soon as possible before the October 22 Elective Annual General Meeting in Lorengau, Manus.
He stressed Only financial and registered clubs have voting rights in the upcoming AGM and no one else.
“In this meeting, we want one invited or nominated delegate only from each clubs as it will be limited only for those who have names. Others can attend as observers only space allow it.
The election will be conducted accordingly and as stipulated under PNGFA article 30.
Manus Soccer Association Competition Manager Peter Sakael said everyone is looking forward for the AGM on Friday to elect the new office bearers for the next four years.
With its motto “Greater Community Participation” MSA shorter version of the competition is expected to play its final in January 2022.
Mr Sakael said football is played all over Manus except the capital Lorengau town.
He thanked PNG Football Association for conducting its Referee Course at Seleheu Bisakani Soparibeu LLG where 35 referees attended and six of them were women referees last month.
Mr Khanna appeal to all Manus football lover to allow PNGFA electoral process to take place for a better soccer in Manus province.
He said Mr Kapi Natto is working tirelessly to get all 9 provinces back into football family.
PNGFA have already Vanimo and Alotau in the football family while they are still working to get Popondetta in Southern region and Hela and Jiwaka in the Highlands provinces.
The onus is on Wewak who have yet to organize themselves despite attempts made by PNGFA to get them into the football family.
Picture courtesy: PNGFA