The Liberia National Olympic Committee (LNOC) has criticized the recently held election of the Liberia Basketball Association (LBA) and has given the association a 90-day ultimatum to have re-elections.
The President of the LNOC, Philipbert Browne said the basketball election has procedural errors and it was not free, fair and transparent.
Mr. Browne maintained that the LNOC is responsible to protect and safeguard the autonomy of its members, and it therefore has the right to issue ultimatum, suspension or expulsion when it is plunged into administrative or technical slip.
The LNOC boss made the announcement on Thursday, March 17, at the end of Sports Minister Saah Charles N’tow’s assessment visit to the Olympic Village.
Mr. Browne said the LNOC was only notified of the elections’ result, two days after it was held but was not rather officially written to observe the elections.
“We believe the election was in error and we have given hem 90 days to have reelection,” Mr. Browne said.
It may be recalled that for over two years, there was a hullaballoo between the leadership of the LBA, headed by Rufus Andersons and the Aggrieved First Division President, accusing the leadership of administrative and financial misappropriation.
The conflict led to the postponement of the basketball election four times, and lastly resulted into an injunction from the Temple of Justice.
The injunction was lifted owing to the intervention of the Ministry of Youth and Sports and the LNOC.
Meanwhile, Mr. Browne has announced that handball’s provisional membership has been suspended owing to non-free, fair and transparent election.
Mr. Browne said the decision was based on a report from the Assistant Secretary General of the LNOC, Fred Pratt, who served as an observer during the handball’s election held in Harbel, Margibi County.
For over four years, the membership of Volleyball is still suspended owing to an election which was spearheaded by the Ministry of Youth and Sports.
Mr. Browne said the direct involvement of the Ministry to supervise election – is a political interference.