Maldives Scout Association held its first historic AGM, attended by duly nominated representatives from 40 Scout Groups, on the 28th of December 2011. Representatives elected key position holders including the President of the Association, Vice President, Chief Commissioner, and five Scout Leaders for the National Council.
The AGM is historic in a way that it totally revised and adopted the constitution of the association. The constitution dates back to 1990 when the association applied for WOSM membership and was found to be inconsistent with present day governance and irrelevant to meeting today’s requirements.
The newly adopted version is comprehensive in meeting current norms of governance and complying with the guidelines provided by the World Scout Committee. Major changes were made on membership categories, Scout promise, Scout Law, governance structure, among others.
For the position of President, former Scout and currently the Vice President of the Republic of Maldives Dr Mohammed Waheed Hassan was elected, together with the former Chief Commissioner Ismail Shafeeg as the new Vice President. Mr Ahmed Ali Maniku, former Chief Commissioner, after a lapse of two years, was unanimously elected for a three year term. Five elected members will constitute the Council: Aishath Ahlam, Ali Shah, Basheera Mohamed, Mariyam Shuhana Abdulla, and Mohamed Abdullah Saeed.
For this AGM, Regional Scout Committee 1st Vice Chairman Dr Mukhyuddin bin Sarwani, addressed the opening session with words of appreciation for the challenging and difficult task of holding the AGM. He said, “the size of the association is not what matters. What is essential is a dynamic and committed leadership. Maldives has always been a strong presence in international events.”
Outgoing President of the Association Mr Arif Rasheed chaired the AGM, assisted by the outgoing Chief Commissioner Mr Mohamed Nazeef. Both leaders spearheaded the long process of drafting the new constitution. They were able to overcome a number of hurdles – legal and technical – arising from recent national laws that stipulated very strict rules on governance and the revalidation of all NGOs in the country. Both leaders handed over the governance of the association, in a smooth and Scout-like manner, to the very first elected body after the association’s existence of 27 years.
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