Basketball Election Set For August 8

All is now set for the general assembly and holding of electoral congress of the Liberia Basketball Association (LBA).

According to a recent resolution signed July 3rd, 2015 between authorities of the LBA and the aggrieved basketball club Presidents and witnessed by the Deputy Minister for Sports at the Ministry of Youth and Sports, the general assembly will take place on August 7, 2015, while elections for new corps of officers for the LFA will take place on the next day, August 8, 2015 at a venue to be determined by LBA authorities.

The leadership of the LBA represented by its President, Mr. T. Rufus Anderson and Executive Committee member Mr. Dennis K. Hubbard and the aggrieved basketball club Presidents represented by Mr. Abraham Samukai and Mr. Roland K. Lawrence signed a resolution which was approved by Mr. Henry B. Yonton, Jr. Deputy Minister for Sports at the Ministry of Youth and Sports reconvened on June 3, 2015 at the Ministry of Youth and Sports to make amendment to the February 17, 2015 resolution to settle a long standing dispute and bring new leadership at the LBA.

According to count one of the resolution, the leadership of the LBA shall reorganize a new election commission, with the Ministry of Youth and Sports, the Liberia Olympic Committee (LNOC) and the Sports Writers Association of Liberia serving as observers.

The new resolution also mandated the LBA leadership to set up the new election commission on July 1, 2015 and begin immediate work as of the said date through August 7-8 for the general assembly and holding of the electoral congress of the LBA.

The LBA leadership is further mandated to submit congress documents to the Ministry of Youth and Sports on July 3, 2015 detailing financial and activities reports for the period July 1, 2014 to June 30, 2015.

It was also agreed by all parties when they convened that out of the 21 elected Executive Committee members, only 15 shall be eligible to participate in the election, while the six who abandoned their posts shall not be eligible to participate in the congress.

The parties agreed that there will be 49 eligible voters, which includes 15 Executive Committee members and 34 clubs.

According to the parties, Mr. T. Rufus Anderson’s leadership remains the legitimate body to lead the process leading to congress, while the LBA congress shall be held between the week-end of August 7-8, 2015 at a venue to be determined by the leadership.

In an interview with LBA President, Mr. T. Rufus Anderson, he noted that he has done everything as per the resolution and that all is set for the general assembly and holding of the electoral congress of the LBA.

Mr. Anderson also noted that the Ministry of Youth and Sports, the Liberia National Olympic Committee (LNOC) and the Sports Writers Association of Liberia (SWAL) have been served congress documents as observers of the process.

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