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Hudson-Gayle, Francis up for Intercol post after election ‘false start’

Published:Thursday | September 12, 2019 | 12:25 AMRaymond Graham/Gleaner Writer

The main item at Tuesday’s Jamaica Intercollegiate Sports Association (Intercol) annual general meeting, held at Mona Commons, UWI did not materialise, as the election to select a new executive body failed to come off the ground due to challenges surrounding the constitution.

For the past year, a steering committee led by Chairman Sefton Brown from Northern Caribbean University has managed the affairs of Intercol, following the resignations of former President Dalton Myers and General Secretary Laurence Garriques.

The steering committee came under fire from several members of the respective member institutions, who argued that due diligence did not take place based on the constitutional requirements and that as a result, an election should not be allowed to take place.

In a motion brought against the staging of the election, six institutions voted in favour of staging an election while seven institutions voted against.

Online ballot

As a result, the election will now be held on Friday, September 20, in an online ballot.

The University of the West Indies’ Dorothy Hudson-Gayle, and renown track and field coach Paul Francis of the University of Technology will be the two persons going up for the presidency.

Both gave short speeches on Tuesday in trying to convince institution members to vote for them.

Next week will also see members voting for the posts of first vice-president, second vice-president, general secretary, treasurer and recording secretary.

Chester McCarthy, sports director at G.C. Foster College, who acted as first vice-president, has been nominated for that post.