JAKARTA (7 April 2011) – The Normalisation Committee has set 20 May 2011 as the election date for aspiring candidates to the Executive Committee of the FA of Indonesia (PSSI).
The Normalisation Committee was appointed by world football governing body FIFA to bridge the impasse facing the association.
Joko Driyono, a member of the committee said nominations for the Executive Committee positions would be accepted beginning next week.
“The nominations and the verification process for executive members including the chairman and vice chairman will be open from April 12 to 17,” said Joko. “We will then wait for five days for members who wish to appeal certain nominations.
“We will also be making a draft of the electoral code that will be verified by FIFA before 22 April. We will then send out invitations for the election to all the PSSI members.”
The PSSI election was originally scheduled for March. FIFA then reset it to 29 April after the PSSI’s election committee hit an impasse as it was preparing to name the final list of candidates for chairman.
There are 100 legitimate members of the PSSI, all of whom have the right to vote in the election. However, Joko said that his committee would look into cases in which more than one group was claiming to be the representative of PSSI provincial branches and football clubs.
“We will sit down and talk with each member to confirm which of their officials are legitimate and who will attend the election,” he said.
Joko said invitations would be sent out to the top Premier Division teams once the league finished on 30 April 2011.
According to PSSI rules, the top five clubs in each of the three competition areas in the Premier Division and the sixth-ranked team with the best record can vote in the election.
Agum Gumelar, chairman of the normalization committee, urged all football stakeholders to support the committee and abide by all FIFA rulings.
“The PSSI members, the National Sports Committee (KONI) and the sports minister have all repeatedly said they would wait and honour FIFA’s ruling,” he said. “Now, FIFA had made the decision and I urge all of them to comply with the ruling.
“FIFA has given me authority, but I will not rule with an iron fist. I will communicate with all stakeholders, including PSSI officials and member associations. All of us will do our jobs in the spirit of reconciliation.”