SINGAPORE - After months of suspense, the Football Association of Singapore (FAS) finally called for its first-ever election on Saturday (March 18).
The polls will be conducted on April 29.
Here are the key dates to note and what you need to know about the electoral code and electoral process :
What is the electoral code?
It determines the rules and procedures of organising an election, including nomination procedures and the examination of nominees.
Who forms the ad hoc electoral committee?
The three-man team must not be members of the Football Association of Singapore (FAS) executive body.
The three are K. Bala Chandran, chairman of the FAS' disciplinary committee; Jeffrey Beh, chairman of the FAS' ethics committee and J. Balasubramaniam, deputy chairman of the FAS' Audit and Compliance Committee.
Bala Chandran will serve as the ad hoc electoral committee's chairman, while Beh is its deputy chairman.
FAS' general secretary Winston Lee will act as the committee's secretary.
What are their duties?
The committee is responsible for performing the integrity checks on candidates running for the FAS Council.
This includes a candidate's financial, legal and police records. Matters like potential conflicts of interest will also be assessed.
It is also in charge of drawing up the list of eligible voters and conducting the voting process, among other things.
What happens next?
Candidates' nominations must be delivered by hand to the FAS general secretariat by 6pm, March 25 (one week after the election is called).
From March 25 to April 1 (within seven days of the deadline of their submission), the committee will examine the candidates.
The results will later be revealed to the candidates and FAS affiliates.
Candidates can appeal the committee's decision within three days. These appeals will be considered by the three-man ad hoc electoral appeal committee.
The final list of candidates will be sent to all FAS members at least 10 days before the date of the election.
What's at stake?
Fifteen council positions are up for grabs. The presidential candidate must run as part of a nine-member slate, which comprises a deputy president, four vice-presidents and three council members.
Six remaining council member positions will be contested on an individual basis.
What is the voting process?
The FAS has 44 affiliates with voting rights and the election will be conducted by secret ballot.
Votes will be counted by the electoral committee immediately after the last member with voting rights has deposited his ballot paper in the transparent ballot box.
For teams contesting through a slate, a minimum of two-thirds of the votes is needed to win.
Should this be unsuccessful, a second ballot will be invoked and a simple majority - more than 50 per cent - is sufficient to win.
If there is a tie, the team with the most votes from the third ballot onwards will be elected.