High School Diploma will now be the minimum qualification for candidates wishing to contest for the presidency of the Liberia Football Association (LFA) after stakeholders overwhelmingly voted to amend the statues.
The decision, which was taken over the weekend, follows FIFA Governance Committee assessment after the LFA’s April 14 election characterized by controversy. The committee authorized the LFA Executive Committee to harmonize the age limits, registration fees for candidates contesting LFA elections.
During the extraordinary congress, 25 out of the 34 football stakeholders that were present voted in favor of the proposed amendment to harmonize the statutes on the qualification, age limit and all criteria for the presidency of the football house, while five voted against and two abstained.
The stakeholders voted that the age limits for the presidency be 25 and above, while the registration fees for candidates vying for the presidency has been reduced from US$2,500 to US$1,000.
Following the amendment, Article 58.5 now states that “Candidates for the LFA elections shall pay US$1,000 for president, Vice Presidents US$750, Executive Committee Members US$500.”
“The president, vice presidents and members of the executive committee shall not be younger than 25 years. The President, Vice Presidents and Executive Committee members shall have a minimum qualification of high school diploma,” according to Article 58.1.
The weekend amendment in the LFA statutes has now set the pace for the hosting of the football house presidential election.