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Appointments kept on hold

Arin Kumar
Tuesday, June 10, 2014

DECISIONS and appointments at the Fiji Rugby Union annual general meeting on May 31 have been declared as null and void.

This was confirmed by the FRU board chairman Filimoni Waqabaca in a statement yesterday.

During the AGM on May 31, Mosese Taga, Doctor Esther Williams and Filimone Vatuvoka were ousted from their positions as board members after a vote of no confidence.

Marika Luveniyali, Tiko Matawalu and John O'Conner were appointed as the new directors on an interim basis and because the motion of no confidence was moved from the floor at the beginning of the meeting, it prevented the audited financial report and the draft constitution being tabled.

Waqabaca yesterday revealed that the AGM on May 31 was unconstitutional as there was no quorum.

"The Fiji National Sports Commission (FNSC), under the FNSC Decree of 2013 whose functions and powers are to: "regulate all matters relating to sports in Fiji to ensure that all sports and elected officials comply with their constitutions, regulations and guidelines", has ruled that the Fiji Rugby Union annual general meeting held on Saturday 31st May 2014 was unconstitutional as there was no quorum," he said via a statement.

"The Fiji Rugby Union Constitution as adopted 31 January 2010 Clause 33 states:

"Clause 33 Quorum: The quorum at a General Meeting of the Council Meeting shall be forty delegates of affiliated unions.

"The Secretariat of the Fiji Rugby Union Council has confirmed, in writing, that the information previously provided that there was a quorum was in error and there was not a quorum of forty delegates at the meeting.

"Therefore any resolutions and decisions made at the meeting held 31 May 2014 would be deemed to be null and void."

He said the board elected during last year's AGM still held their positions.

"The board elected in the annual general meeting 27th April 2013 in Suva is deemed to be the legal and official Board of the Fiji Rugby Union.

"The Board members that are holding office include: Mr Filimone Waqabaca, Chair of the Board; Mr Daniel Whippy, Deputy Chair of the Board; Mr Mosese Taga, Dr Esther Williams, Mr Filimone Vatuvoka, Dr Berlin Kafoa, Mr Baljeet Singh, Mr Napolioni Batimala, Finance Director; Mr Carl Ngamoki-Cameron, Legal Director.

"The Board will call a general meeting in the near future."

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