4 defeated candidates of the just ended Liberia Football Association has joined the queue to complain of the election irregularities as a major contributing factor their defeat .
Defeated candidates -Ansu V. S. Dulleh, an Executive Committee (EC) member, who contested the Vice President for Operations post, Victor Gboyah, who was seeking an Executive Committee position as well as Wallace Weiah and Uriah Glaybo, both of whom were seeking reelection as EC members wrote complaining that the LFA election committee disregarded the Electoral Code of the Liberia Football Association (LFA) as well as the LFA 2017 revised Status.
The defeated candidates in the elections have written to FIFA complaining of several irregularities during the April 14, 2018 LFA Polls.In their complain they noted that there were violation of the Liberia FA Electoral Code and the 2017 Revised Status led to several irregularities, leading to the writ of injunction issued by the Civil Law court .Which lead to one of the Presidential candidates [George Solo] filing a case alleging that Presidential candidate, Mustapha I. Raji submitted fake educational credentials.
The further indicated in their complaint to Fifa that the LFA Elections Committee violated Article 45.4 of the2017 revised Status of the LFA which states “A candidate for the office of President, Vice Presidents (First and Second) and Executive Committee Members shall have played an active role in football (E.G as former player, former referee, former coach and an official within the LFA etc..) for two years of the five years before being proposed as a candidate for elections,”.
They said a majority of the candidates that participated in April 14, 2018, LFA elections have no record available at the LFA secretariat to substantiate their membership with the LFA for the last two years prior to the elections.
They made several recommendations and pleaded with FIFA to strongly authenticate the provisions mentioned for the good of the game.
In their letter, the LFA executives recommended to FIFA that there should be a rerun of the entire electoral process, that FIFA immediately takes over the responsibility of conducting the rerun of the elections, and that the world governing body of football authenticates the credentials of all candidates in line with LFA Statutes.
Meanwhile, FIFA Secretary General, Fatma Samoura has acknowledged receiving the complaint and said she has immediately forwarded their complaint to FIFA assessment team which is already in Monrovia to look into the many complaints that arise from the recent local Football elections.
The FIFA Delegation headed by Mr. Luca Nicola, Head of MA Governance Services, and Mr. Rolf Tanner, Group Leader, Sports Legal and Ms. Laura Pelli, Legal Counsel, Sports Legal as members will hold series of meetings with Executives and other stakeholders beginning Thursday, May 24 LFA at the headquarters of the LFA.
The FIFA team will begin the meeting with the LFA Secretary General Emmanuel Dean who is expected to brief the delegation on the situation.LFA President, Musa Hassan Bility is out of Liberia, but (outgoing) Executive Committee members are expected in today’s meeting.The FIFA assessment team is in Liberia for two days to assess the April 14, 2018, LFA elections dispute.