The embattled President of the Liberia Basketball Association (LBA) said he is confident of winning the August 7 election in spite of the misunderstanding between his leadership and some aggrieved stakeholders over the “legitimacy and expiration of tenure” of his administration.
Mr. Anderson confirmed the certainty in the pending election which has been suspended four different times. He said as his statutory duty as the head of basketball, he is carrying out renovation of the Sports Commission that will last two weeks.
The basketball boss said the “blank benches” would be changed to “concrete” and subsequently the entire Commission would be refurbished.
He said the renovation is expected to precede the official closing of the 2013/2014 LBA League which is scheduled anytime in July.
He said the LBA would adhere to 100% of the Memorandum of Understanding (MOU), which was on Wednesday, June 3, crafted at the Youth and Sports Ministry, on 19th Street Sinkor.
According to the MOU, Congress is scheduled for Thursday – Friday, the 6th -7th of August, to be climaxed with elections.
By Friday, July 3, the Election Commission should have been set up by Mr. Anderson in consultations with the Executive Committee, and the Commission would have responsibility to provide guidelines in consonance with the Constitution of the LBA.
The Congressional documents would be distributed to the stakeholders in mid-July through the Ministry of Youth and Sports.
“Forty nine stakeholders are expected to go to the polls, including 34 clubs and 15 members of the Executive Committee,” Mr. Anderson said. “We were able to reach a common ground for the 3rd division clubs, with eight clubs being accepted while six clubs dropped.”
He added: “Only current presidents of clubs and members of the Executive Committee are eligible to contest the presidency.”
Deputy Sports Minister Henry B. Yonton, Jr., having failed in previous negotiations, including the Liberia National Olympic Committee (LNOC), initiated the reconciliation for the third time.
It may be recalled that Minister Yonton banned basketball activities and wrote FIBA-Africa for intervention.
The aggrieved stakeholders raised five issues, which include: the violation of the constitution of the LBA by the ongoing president, Mr. Rufus Anderson; the failure to holding elections on the fourth year.
Another contention was that clubs which didn’t participate in the immediate past basketball league season should be scrapped and the leadership should publish listing of teams eligible for congress.