Basketball Closing, Election Saturday

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The fight for a constituted leadership against the establishment of an interim headship of the Liberia Basketball Association (LBA) is gradually closing in with a reassurance of holding a 2-day elective congress, scheduled this weekend.

The Chairman of the Basketball Election Commission, Yanqueh Borsay, announced that a set of six persons have registered for the August 8 elections, which would be held at the Sports Commission on Broad Street.

According to the roster, the candidates include: T. Rufus Anderson – president; Fred Ted – vice president for administration; Bruce Quaye – vice president for operations; Adiodu Thomas – treasurer; Darius Harris – financial secretary and Isaac Smith – chaplain.

In an exclusive telephone interview with the Daily Observer yesterday, Mr. Borsay said there are 48 eligible voters and the elections would commence at 9:00am on Saturday.

The basketball election chairman said 60 ballot papers have been printed and a ballot box has already been procured.

He indicated that a letter of complaint from the founder and president of K-Delta, Abraham Samukai addressed to the Liberia National Olympic Committee (LNOC) is in his possession. The letter requests the LNOC to investigate his status as president, which was denied by the LBA, arguing that Alfred Sayon, still remains K-Delta president.

Secretary General D. Allen Goodridge disclosed that the association has written the Liberia National Police (LNP) for “safekeeping and protection” during the congress and pointed out that all stakeholders have been informed and are expected to troop for the congress.

LBA president Anderson has threatened to sue anybody who might disrupt the congress.

LNOC president Philipbert Brown divulged that they would send a representative to observe the congress and would endorse the election, if it’s free, fair and transparent.

Mr. Brown said the LBA would only be suspended or expelled if there is political interference or has an undue and inclined election.

Meanwhile, the spokesperson of the stakeholders Calvin Diggs has threatened to upset the election on ground that Abraham Samukai – who signed on behalf of them – isn’t part of them and therefore nullifies the July 6 Memorandum of Understanding (MOU).

The MOU calls for an elective congress to be held this weekend after being postponed four times over “illegitimacy, financial misapplication and inclusion of bogus basketball clubs.”

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