Seeks legal advice after nomination rejected
Bruce Blake looks set to be re-elected unopposed as first vice president and acting president of the Cayman Islands Football Association after Renard Moxam’s nomination to stand for election was rejected.
Mr. Moxam had announced his intention to run, saying the game needs new leadership and a new image following the corruption allegations that led to the arrest in Switzerland in May of former Cayman football boss Jeffrey Webb and other FIFA officials.
Mr. Moxam was informed last week that his nomination did not conform with the association’s rule book. He said he was taking legal advice after being advised of the decision.
Mr. Moxam received email correspondence, seen by the Cayman Compass, immediately after he submitted his nomination form, indicating that the paperwork was in order.
However, he was informed by letter from CIFA Acting General Secretary Paul Macey on Aug. 12 that his nomination did not meet the requirements of the association’s constitution and would not be accepted.
The same letter stated that the deadline had passed for nominations and he would therefore not be able to run.
A letter from Mr. Macey to CIFA’s executive committee and member clubs indicates that current first vice president Mr. Blake will be the only candidate for the position – one of three roles up for election at the association’s annual general meeting later this month.
Incumbent Mark Campbell is listed as the only candidate for the assistant general secretary’s post, and Armando Ebanks is listed as the only candidate for the vacant treasurer’s post, previously held by Canover Watson.
Sharon Roulstone, an independent political candidate in the 2013 general election, had intended to run against Mr. Campbell, but her nomination was also rejected.
“Nominations were submitted for Mr. Renard Moxam as First Vice President and Ms. Sharon Roulstone as Assistant General Secretary but the nominations did not fulfill the requirements detailed in Article 10.15 of the Articles of Association,” Mr. Macey wrote in the letter to clubs.
The articles of the association state that anyone seeking election to a position on the executive committee must be nominated by member clubs or members of the executive committee.
“Nominations must have two proposers and two seconders and be agreed upon by the nominee,” the articles state.
It is understood that both Mr. Moxam and Ms. Roulstone were initially proposed by Academy Sports Club and seconded by Savannah Tigers Football Club. The same two clubs were used for the second nomination, with the roles flipped so that Savannah was the proposing club and Academy was the seconder.
Mr. Moxam said he did not see anything in the wording of the CIFA rule book which prevented that. He said if that were the case, he should have been told at the time, and not after the nomination deadline had passed.
In fact, he says, he was told the opposite.
In an email response to Mr. Moxam’s submission of his second nomination, Mr. Macey wrote: “Receipt of Savannah’s nomination and second letters is acknowledged. It would appear that the requirements of the nomination process have been met.”
Mr. Moxam said he assumed from that email that everything was in order. He did not hear from Mr. Macey again until Aug. 12 – five days after the final deadline for nominations.
In that letter, Mr. Macey wrote, “In reviewing the nominations, yours does not conform with the Articles of the Association which require nominations to be supported by two proposers and two seconders as well as being agreed by the nominee. I am not aware of a nomination having been previously accepted when signed by less than 4 separate members.
“We have also taken legal advice which confirms that the language of the Association’s Articles require nominations to be supported by 4 separate members.
“You will be aware that Friday, 7th August 2015 was the deadline for submitting nominations. In this regard we have received nominations for the First Vice President, therefore nominations for this office are now closed.”
Mr. Moxam said he is seeking his own legal counsel. He believes he and Ms. Roulstone were given a legitimate expectation that they would be allowed to run and, in the interest of fairness, their nominations should stand.
“My aim in running for election was simply to help restore the image of CIFA and to play my part in helping mold young lives through sport,” he said.
“In my view, given the negative perceptions attached to CIFA coming out of the international allegations, it would have been a sensible gesture for all the members of the executive to step down and for full general elections to take place.”
The CIFA annual general meeting takes place at the Marriott resort on Aug. 29. There are nine members of the CIFA executive committee, including six elected posts and three appointed positions. Three posts come up for re-election every two years.
Mr. Macey did not respond to calls from the Compass on Monday.