QFA's General Assembly to elect Board of Directors on Thursday



Qatar Football Association's (QFA) General Assembly will hold its Ordinary General Assembly meeting on Thursday.

The meeting will witness the election of a board of directors who will manage the affairs of the game over the next four years, from 2023 to 2027.

QFA's electoral committee, which is chaired by Abdullah Hamed, had approved the candidacy of Vice-President of the Association HE Jassim Rashid Al Buainain, for the post of president of the QFA as the candidate of Qatar SC, to be the only candidate to succeed HE Sheikh Hamad bin Khalifa bin Ahmed Al-Thani, who took over the position since 2005.

The committee also approved the candidacy of Hani Talib Ballan (Qatar SC), Mohammed Khalifa Al Suwaidi (Al Rayyan SC), Hassan Juma Al Muhannadi (Al Khor SC) and Khalid Abdullah Al Sulaiti (Al Arabi SC) for membership in QFA's Executive Committee.

The 18 members of the General Assembly, consisting of 17 clubs and the Qatar Stars League, will vote on choosing the new board of directors, which includes five members (the president and four members), after the Association's General Assembly had agreed during its meeting held on March 27 to amend Paragraph 35 of QFA's Articles, which stipulates reducing the number of members of the Executive Committee from seven to five.

Although the number of candidates is equal to the five vacant posts, the electoral process will be conducted without acclamation by voting in accordance with Article (28) of the Articles of Qatar Football Association, which stipulates that the election of the president requires a relative majority of two-thirds of the registered and effective votes in the first ballot. In the event of resorting to the second ballot and any other necessary ballot, the absolute majority of the registered votes (50% + 1) is sufficient according to Article (42) of the bylaws of Qatar Football Association.

In the event that candidates for other positions in the Executive Committee (members) are elected, an absolute majority (50% + 1) must be available for the registered and effective votes in the first ballot. In the event that there are more than two candidates for the position, voting takes place between them, and the two candidates who obtain the highest number of votes remain for the second ballot. In the second ballot and other ballots, the absolute majority of registered votes is sufficient if one candidate applies for one available post.

According to the timetable of the electoral process, the Elections Committee had opened the door for candidacy since April 4, before it was closed on April 17, 45 days before the election date, and then the committee proceeded to examine the candidates' documents.