The Appeal Committee of the Liberia Football Association, chaired by Justice Soko Sackor yesterday rejected protests filed by four teams, requesting for the cancellation of the results.
In a decision released yesterday, Justice Sackor, in separate letters to the five teams, acknowledged their correspondence.
“After carefully reviewing your appeal,” Justice Sackor said, “The omission of Article 17 is not sufficient to warrant re-election in the face of Article 23, Section 1.”
In Article 23, Section 1, he quoted, “Once the urn has been opened, the members of the electoral committee shall count out loud the number of ballot papers and verify their validity.
“If the number of ballot papers is equal to or less than the number of ballot papers issued, the ballot is valid.
“If it exceeds the number of ballot papers issued, the ballot shall be declared void and recommence immediately in accordance with the procedure described above.”
Justice Sackor explained that the total number of ballot papers issued to eligible voters (LFA members) was 50 and the total number of ballot papers counted at the end of the voting process was 50.
He therefore indicated that Article 23, Section 1 was strictly upheld.
In a letter to Mr. Samuel Nagbe, president of Small Town FC, Justice Sackor said after careful review of his appeal on the violation of Article 45.4 and 58.1 of the Statutes, the result of the March 22 elections cannot be reversed.
The Appeal Committee did not go into details to explain Articles 45.4 and 58.1, Justice Sackor but Justice Sackors appealed for his understanding with sporting regards.
The above decision was made to protests filed by Presidents Cyrus Wright of NPA, (Ms.) Beatrice Kpoto of Keitrace, Samuel Ashley of Monrovia Breweries, Lemuel Sherman of Aries and Samuel Nagbe of Small Town FC.
A source at the LFA Secretariat informed the Daily Observer that the results of the Appeal Committee were expected to be communicated to the officials concerned electronically.
“Another chapter is gone,” he said, “we must get busy and move forward.”
Late yesterday evening, Monrovia Breweries FC’s president Sam Ashley confirmed receiving an email message on the decision.
“I did what I was supposed to do,” Ashley said in our telephone conversation, “we’ve got to move on.”