Mohammedan halts polls, AGM

Sports Correspondent

31 March, 2020 12:00 AM printer

Mohammedan Sporting Club Limited halted its upcoming polls and Annual General Meeting (AGM) for an indefinite period due to the COVID-19 outbreak throughout the country. 

Polls and AGM were scheduled to be held on April 18. MSC executive committee took the decision in their 34th board meeting on March 15.  

MSC Director Sarwar Hossain told Daily Sun on Monday, “Polls were scheduled to be held after the AGM on April 18 but we halted both Polls and AGM due to the alarming situation arose due to COVID-19. The new date for the polls are yet to be announced.”

Total number of MSC councilors is 344 including 213 old councilors and 131 new. The club also formed an 11-member election commission in their last board meeting.

“We have total of 344 councilors including 213 old and 131 new. They have to register themselves to exercise their voting rights in the election. We have also formed an 11-member election commission in the last board meeting. Our (MSC) President Obaidul Karim approved it, but we haven’t officially couldn’t inform them (election commissioners) yet,” Sarwar said.

The last election of MSC was held in 2011. The tenure of current executive committee expired in 2013, but since then there were no polls due to a long-term court case regarding membership.

 “MSC executive committee originally got elected for two years. The current committee was elected in 2011, but since then no polls were held due to a court case regarding membership. The case came to end in 2019. We can’t make the details of that case public right now,” the MSC director further said.

MSC have been going through turmoil in recent times. The traditional club was involved in casino scandal and its former Director-in charge Lokman Hossain Bhuiyan was arrested on September 26 last year.  The scandal also threw the club in  uncertainty whether they would be able to participate in the country’s top-tier soccer meet Bangladesh Premier League (BPL).