MONROVIA, Montserrado – Stakeholders of the Liberia Football Association will go to the polls on Saturday, April 14 to elect new officials after eight years under Musa Hassan Bility’s administration.
For more than seven months, there has been no football activities in the country. Football followers are hoping for an improvement in Liberian football after years of an administration that has been associated with malpractices, corruption, and neglect, which has paralyzed the local leagues.
According to a release from the Liberia Football Association via their official Facebook page, a total of 26 candidates will be contesting for the presidential position, two vice president positions, and 10 executive committee positions. The release was made after the 26 candidates were cleared by the elections commission to contest.
Out of the 22 candidates vying for the top positions at the football association, 16 will be vying for the executive committee positions. Meanwhile, there are four candidates up for the vice president of operations position and three candidates contesting for the vice president for administration position. The presidency will have three contenders.
Candidates qualified to contest for the executive committee member positions are Victor P. Gboyah, Nyemah Nyanway, Judie Seton, Pawala Janyan, Kerlie Miller, Myer Beteah, Mason C. Goe, Kelvin Bayoh, Cllr. Joseph M. Kollie, Uriah Glaybo, Anthony Z. Deinuka, Henry B. Flomo, Wallace G. Weiah, Quiwu Pepci Yeke, Ivan Brown, and Beatrice Kpoto.
Barrack Young Controllers’ president, Sekou Konneh; Nimba United’s president, Adolphus Dolo; executive committee member Ciata Bishop; and Invincible Eleven president Sekou Keita will be in the run for the vice president for administration position.
Mustapha Raji, LISCR FC’s president; the former Coalition for Democratic Change chairman, George Solo; and the current vice president of administration, Musa Shannon, will be aiming for the presidency.
Meanwhile, the results of the election may not stand, given that a protest is being filed by executive committee member, Rochelle Woodson, who accused the LFA of violating its statutes with regard to its electoral processes. Woodson has filed a complaint to FIFA’s secretary general, Famata Samoura, and the world football governing body has directed the LFA to send a copy of the statute for verification.
If Woodson’s complaint is found to be valid by the Court of Arbitration of Sports, there might be a re-run of the elections and the current one will be declared invalid.
The election will take place at the renovated Samuel Kanyon Doe Sports Complex in Paynesville. The process will begin at 9:00 a.m. at the Football Examination Center and is expected to run for less than hour, with the results expected to be announced on the same day.
The LFA has confirmed a total of 34 candidates who are eligible to vote on the day of the elections. The eligible voters include the 12 first division clubs, 9 second division clubs, 7 women football clubs, and 6 affiliate members associations.
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