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Audited reports clear way for JaBA elections

Published:Tuesday | December 9, 2014 | 12:00 AM

Broomfield, Reid set for presidential battle

Robert Bailey, Gleaner writer

The long-awaited annual general meeting of the Jamaica Basketball Association (JaBA) is scheduled to take place on January 25.

The AGM, that will have as its main feature the election of a new president and other executive members, was set for April of this year, but was postponed because of an outstanding audit report dating from 2011-2013.

An Interim Steering Committee (ISC), led by Hazel Cameron, had been running the day-to-day operations of the JaBA since the executive body was dissolved in August.

ALL SET FOR ELECTIONS

On Sunday, the ISC indicated in a press release that all the outstanding auditing reports have now been completed, and the stage is now set for next month's election.

Nominations opened yesterday and will close on December 28.

Dr Mark Broomfield, manager of Jamaica's team to the 2012 Centro Basketball Championships in Puerto Rico, and former JaBA assistant secretary general, Douglas Reid, have indicated that they will be seeking the JaBA's top post.

Paulton Gordon, a former executive member who had announced his intentions to run for the top post earlier this year, told The Gleaner yesterday that he will be meeting with his supporters before he makes a decision as to whether or not he will be going up for the presidency.

good for basketball

Dr. Broomfield said he is happy that all the issues have been resolved, and he is now looking forward to next month's elections.

"It is good for basketball, because the Interim Steering Committee has done a good job in a very difficult time," said Dr. Broomfield.

"I still think that I have a good chance, because during the period when the Interim Steering committee was there, I was always present to lend my assistance and to learn from the chairperson and supporting the programme," he said.

Dr Broomfield added: "I am a lover of the sport, and I think that my chances are still great, and I look forward to the support from all the stakeholders."

Outgoing president Ajani Williams had already stated earlier this year that he would not be seeking re-election, after holding the top position for five years.