Jun 3, 2016, 11:25 AM
Eligible voting members will go to the polls on Saturday to elect the next president of the Gambia National Olympic Committee (GNOC).
The GNOC has issued a press release to inform all eligible voting members of the Committee that the International Olympic Committee (IOC) has accepted 12 February 2011 as the rescheduled date for the GNOC presidential election.
The release has indicated that voting will take place at the GNOC Olympic House this Saturday commencing at 10:00am.
The full text of the press release sent to Pointsport yesterday reads:
“This is to inform all eligible voting members of the Gambia National Olympic Committee that the International Olympic Committee has accepted 12th February 2011 as the rescheduled date for the GNOC presidential election.
“Accordingly, voting will take place at the GNOC Olympic House on Saturday 12th February 2011, commencing at 10:00am.
“Please be informed that the Independent Electoral Commission (IEC), will be conducting the election and all obligations have been met for their role in this important event.”
The press release was signed by the Secretary General of the GNOC.
The GNOC election, it would be recalled, came to a premature abortion on October 20 amidst a constitutional crisis.
Since the controversial disruption of the election four months ago, several efforts were made to put an end to the impasse that led to the intervention of the National Assembly Select Committee on Youth and Sports.
Objections were made on the much talked-about GNOC voter list of eligible voters during one of the meetings held at the Assembly chambers in Banjul.
But after intensive weeks of thorough investigations on the entire voter list of eligible voters, the National Assembly, the apex law-making body in The Gambia, came up with the final list of qualified voters to vote in this crucial weekend’s GNOC presidential election.
But the National Sports Council (NSC), the umbrella body in charge of all sports associations in the country, then moved to challenge the Assembly’s interim report on the GNOC saga resulting in a controversial reaction from the National Assembly.
Abdul Aziz Titao Mendy, former executive secretary of the NSC and others in his league were asked to write an apology letter to the National Assembly within 48hrs.
Former secretary general of the GNOC Abdoulie Baks Touray and the president of the Gambia Draught Association, Momodou Dibba, are battling tooth and nail for the GNOC hot seat.
The GNOC top post was vacated following the sentence to death last July of its former president Lang Tombong Tamba for non-sports related activity.