The Attorney Joseph P. Gibson's elections commission of the Liberia Basketball Federation (LBF), have released the elections' guideline and time table, and set the new date for elections on Wednesday, December 29, 2010.
The five-man elections commission stated in a press release dated Tuesday, December 7, 2010, that elections will take place at the headquarters of the Liberia National Olympic Committee (LNOC) on Benson Street, from 10:00am to 2:00pm.
According to the LBF's elections commission, only executive members, teams and association (with voting rights) who are in good financial standing with the LBF will be eligible to vote/or stand as a candidate in the elections and only teams/club representatives (President or Secretary) who name has been forwarded to the elections commission are eligible to vote.
“Elections will take place on Wednesday, December 29, 2010 at the Liberia National Olympics Committee (LNOC) on Benson Street in Monrovia, and voting will begin at 10:00am and end at 2:00pm prompt. Ballot boxs will be placed at a location to be identified by the observers and representatives of each candidate.
“There shall be absolutely no Proxy for individual vote; all application for elected positions must be submitted to the elections commission from Thursday, December 9, 2010 to Wednesday, December 15, 2010, from 9:00am to 5:00pm.
“All and any candidate (s) holding office and/or position in the LBF shall tender in his/her resignation before December 10, 2010 or else he/she shall be disqualified from contesting.
“There will be absolutely no campaign on the day of elections as anyone caught will immediately be disqualified from the process and all protests shall be in writing with grounds stated and submitted to the election commission two hours after results are announced.
The release indicated that a representative of the Youth and Sports Ministry, the Liberia National Olympic Committee, the Press Union of Liberia and some Human Rights Group will be invited to observe the process from start, up to and including the counting of the ballots. And Elections will be done by secret ballots.
The LBF's elections commission also revealed that 48 persons, representing the 48 registered basketball teams, from the 1st, 2nd , 3rd and female leagues, at the LBF have been qualified to vote as well as eight persons from the executive committee.
Meanwhile, last week, the President of the Liberia Basketball Federation (LBF), Gbour Wilson, had startlingly revealed her disinterest in the ensuing LBF elections and expressed her frustration over the 'very poor' working relationship she experienced from members of the executive committee for the past four years.
Though the LBF boss failed to call names, but in a very sharp and rather poignant tone , stated that her administration was been characterized by undermining, back biting and a host of other things that make her leadership and the game owing to her very own Executive Committee members.
“I have work under this (unfriendly) environment, which was exacerbated by core staff of my administration, which have, hamper the game I love so much,” Madam Wilson stated.
The heartbroken LBF boss, speaking to reporters on behalf of the local basketball governing body, apologized to basketball fans for the financial malpractice and scandal which greatly affected the morale of the LBF.
According to the Police Charge Sheet, the leadership of Uhuru Kings and the Secretary of the LBF, Fred Pratt were charge for 'theft of property,' for misapplying about US$36,000 and more than 80 gallons of gas, during the Zone III male basketball tourney, which brought to the fore club teams from Nigeria, Ivory Coast, Togo and Benin.