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JaBA dissolves executive body - Election on hold until completion of audit

Published:Thursday | August 28, 2014 | 12:00 AM

 Robert Bailey, Gleaner Writer

The executive of the Jamaica Basketball Association (JaBA) has been dissolved with immediate effect.

The move follows an emergency meeting with the Interim Steering Committee (ISC) of JaBA, led by Hazel Cameron, and its affiliates, on Sunday.

The ISC has been running the affairs of the sport's local governing body since April, this after the JaBA elections were postponed.

Calvin Martin, vice-chairman of the ISC, told The Gleaner in an interview that they have also employed the services of an auditing company to audit the books of JaBA from the last three years.

"We have been auditing the affairs of JaBA over the last three years and this is a very sensitive matter," said Martin, president of the Southern Conference Basketball Association.

"The auditors expect to complete this report by the next six weeks and, after this, the constitutional committee will be preparing to represent the draft for amendments to the constitution," he said.

The elections have been postponed on a number of occasions this year to facilitate the completion of outstanding financial records of the association. Martin noted that as soon as the audit is completed, an election date will be announced. He also disclosed that nominations will also be reopened for candidates to vie for places on the JaBA executive.

"A decision was taken not to set a date for the elections until all the relevant documents are completed, which our chairman is hoping will be done at the earliest possible time," Martin said.

"We will also be reopening the nominations when the election date is announced and so persons who are interested in any of the executive positions can represent themselves at this time," he added.

Three candidates are currently being considered for the post of president - former national team manager Mark Broomfield; JaBA marketing executive Paulton Gordon; and former JaBA assistant secretary general, Douglas Reid.

They are looking to replace outgoing president Ajani Williams, who is not seeking re-election after five years as president.