Ar­bi­tra­tion calls for fresh LNOC elec­tion

Lesotho Times - - Sport - Mikia Kalati

AN ar­bi­tra­tion has called for fresh Lesotho Na­tional Olympic Com­mit­tee (LNOC) elec­tions af­ter find­ing that there were ir­reg­u­lar­i­ties in the polls that were con­ducted in Fe­bru­ary.

The rec­om­men­da­tion was made by Ad­vo­cate Mon­a­heng Rasekoai who me­di­ated in the dis­pute over the elec­tion.

Ad­vo­cate Rasekoai rec­om­mended that fresh elec­tions should be held within a week of his ver­dict.

Mat­lo­hang Moiloa Ramo­qopo was re-elected Lesotho Olympic Com­mit­tee (LNOC) pres­i­dent amid al­le­ga­tions that she and her com­mit­tee vi­o­lated the con­sti­tu­tion to pro­long their stay in of­fice.

Ramo­qopo and her col­leagues in the pre­vi­ous LNOC al­legedly con­tested with­out meet­ing the con­sti­tu­tional re­quire­ments that stip­u­late that a con­tes­tant should be nom­i­nated by any of the as­so­ci­a­tions other than the LNOC which is the mother body.

Part of Ad­vo­cate Rasekoai’s de­ci­sion states that “the ex­ec­u­tive com­mit­tee’s de­ci­sion to re­solve that mem­bers of the ex­ec­u­tive com­mit­tee should vote in the elec­tion was tan­ta­mount to an ir­reg­u­lar amend­ment of the con­sti­tu­tion”.

“This was clearly a fun­da­men­tal flaw that vi­ti­ated the en­tire process.

“The elec­tions held on 26 Fe­bru­ary 2017 were ir­reg­u­larly con­ducted and fresh elec­tions must be held within a week of this award in line with reg­u­la­tion 12 of Lesotho Na­tional Olympic Com­mit­tee elec­tions guide­lines,” Ad­vo­cate Rasekoai states.

Speak­ing on the re­port which was availed to the me­dia at Bam­batha Tšita Sports Arena in Maseru on Tues­day, the com­plaints team led by Lesotho Football As­so­ci­a­tion (LEFA) sec­re­tary gen­eral, Mokhosi Mo­hapi, said they were vin­di­cated by Ad­vo­cate Rasekoai’s find­ings.

“We were ap­pointed to over­see the LNOC elec­tions and we took the mat­ter to the Trans­for­ma­tion Re­source Cen­tre (TRC) even be­fore we went for the polls,” Mo­hapi said.

“That is why we even re­frained from vot­ing be­cause we knew that we had a strong case to de­fend.

“But the judge­ment shows that we were right all along to lodge a protest over the elec­tions.”

He said they were now wait­ing for LNOC to re­spond to the judge­ment.

He said if LNOC ig­nored the judge­ment they would take up the mat­ter the Court of Ar­bi­tra­tion for Sport (CAS).

Mean­while, LNOC Pub­lic Re­la­tions Of­fi­cer, Moshoeshoe Mo­lapo, said they with­drew from the ar­bi­tra­tion be­cause they feel the mat­ter was not han­dled prop­erly from the start.

“Our be­lief is that there should have been con­sul­ta­tion over the mat­ter and the protest­ing team were given a chance to give ev­i­dence which they failed to do.

“There was also is­sue of the fi­nances where it was said that the cost should be shared be­tween the two par­ties, but we be­lieve that he who com­plains should pay the cost,” Mo­lapo said.

He how­ever, said they will study the rec­om­men­da­tions from the ar­bi­tra­tion be­fore re­spond­ing.

“De­spite the fact that the ar­bi­tra­tion went ahead even af­ter we with­draw, we will study the rec­om­men­da­tion as it in­volves us as the sports mother body,” he said.

AD­VO­CATE mon­a­heng rasekoai

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