Four first division outfits, Monrovia Breweries and Keitrace, Aries and NPA Football Clubs have formally protested against the just ended elections of the Liberia Football Association (LFA) because of alleged voter fraud and have called on the Elections Appeal Committee to repeal the elections’ results.
Madam Korpo Beatrice Kpoto of Keitrace FC and the Monrovia Breweries’ Samuel Ashley, Aries Lemuel Sherman and NPA’s Cyrus Wright in separate letters to the Elections Appeal Committee said the casting of ballot papers in a sealed and unobserved room violated Article 17 of the LFA Electoral Code and dimmed the fairness, transparency and credibility of the elections which inarguably robbed them of the Executive Committee membership.
The protest letters prayed that the Soko Sackor’s Election Appeal Committee will give due diligence to their protests to correct the wrongs against the barbarian electioneering which took place last Saturday.
They quoted Article 17 saying: “Before the start of the voting procedure, the urn – which shall be transparent where possible – shall be opened and presented to the affiliates of LFA Congress.”
They said the method used for last Saturday’s elections, done in secret had the propensity of fingering of the box to replace the actual ballot papers with pre-marked ballot papers.
LFA’s General Secretary Alphonso Armah received the protest letters and told the Daily Observer that they were forwarded to the Appeals Committee on Monday, March 24, 2014.
Mr. Armah said the ruling was expected to be decided yesterday evening.
In last Saturday’s elections, the ballot box was placed in a room where the members of the LFA executive committee were sitting, as well as officials from CAF and FIFA and were far from the electoral committee.
Candidates Wilmot Smith, Korpo Beatrice Kpoto, Mustapha Raji and Adolph Lawrence and other stakeholders protested the secret casting of ballots but was rejected by the Elections Committee, headed by Malcolm Joseph.
A former member of the LFA’s executive committee, Garmondeh Karnga said the secret ballot carried out last Saturday undermined the election’s credibility since it had the potential for pre-marked ballots.
The 19th ordinary LFA’s elective Congress was held on Saturday, March 22, 2014 in the auditorium of Grand Bassa High School in the Port City of Buchanan, Grand Bassa County.