The Ministry of Youth and Sports has confirmed the nomination of a three-member Election Commission to guide the association to the ballot after six months of constitutional crisis.
Deputy Sports Minister Henry Yonton, Jr said the confirmation of the nominations was finalized on Tuesday after a meeting with the Sports Bureau and consultation with the Youth and Sports Minister Lenn Eugene Nagbe, as per the agreement of a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) between the aggrieved stakeholders and the leadership of the LBA.
Minister Yonton confirmed three nominated names, including Mr. Yanqueh Borsay, Chairman and members Madam Linda Steward-Fiamahn and Inez Mardea Reeves.
The chairman of the Adhoc Election Commission – Borsay, 61 years, is the founding member of the oldest old-timer fraternity association – Independent and the former Secretary of the Liberian Senate (1996 – 2000).
He served as the Secretary General of the Liberia Football Association (2002-2006), and General Manager of the North-Star Enterprises (2013-2014) – a conglomeration of North-Star Security Guide, Printing Press, Insight and Focus Newspapers.
He is currently the national coordinator of the National Center for Excellence and Creativity – the organizer of the National Excellence Award.
“It’s certain that there would be free, fair and transparent elections and after our first general meeting, we would give the guidelines,” Mr. Borsay said.
Minister Yonton said according to the MOU, the LBA is expected to provide the congress documents to the Ministry today for onward distribution to 34 clubs and 15 executive members that are eligible to participate in the two-day process which begins Thursday, August 6.
“We must express our thanks for step one in the MOU for the nomination of the election commission and we hope to receive the second fulfillment today with the provision of congress documents,” Minister Yonton said.
“Upon receipts of congress documents, the 34 clubs and 15 executive committee members are expected to come to the Sports Bureau with valid identification to pick up their respective documents,” he added.
It may be recalled that since the suspension of basketball activities in June 2014 due to Ebola and following Liberia having been declared free of the virus, basketball activities are yet to resume.
The new MOU, which was signed on Wednesday, June 3, at the Youth and Sports Ministry, on 19th Street Sinkor, scheduled congress – August 6-7 to be climaxed with elections.