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Fifa calls for electoral changes in Ethiopian football

The world football governing body, Fifa has demanded that the Ethiopian Football Federation (EFF) make key changes to its electoral process.

According to a communique to the EFF dated 2 April, Fifa’s Secretary General Fatma Samoura noted, the elections cannot take place until the electoral process is brought into line with Fifa statutes.

The communique also stated that EFF new elections must take place before 3 June 2018.

Four times EEF elections have been postponed amidst persistent infighting over the electoral process.

Following several “confusion” regarding the electoral procedure and rules because of the “absence of a proper legal framework.”

Fifa highlighted the make-up of Ethiopia’s electoral committee and electoral appeals committee, saying there are members who appear to be either officials or members of the EFF, including presidents of regional associations, which is deemed as a conflict of interest.

The head of the Electoral Committee, Zerihun Mekonnen, is also the head of the Amhara Regional State Football Federation.

The EFF has been told it must convene an extraordinary general assembly to adopt an electoral code and to elect a new electoral committee and new electoral appeals committee.

Five candidates are vying for a place to the take control of football in Ethiopia.

They include current incumbent Juniedi Basha, former president Dr Ashebir Woldegiorgis and ex-vice-president Teka Assefaw.

Some 16 candidates including former national team head trainers Sewnet Bishaw and Asrat Haile are locking horns in the hope of being elected to the executive committee.

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