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Sports News of Monday, 12 October 2015


V/R candidate cleared for FA elction

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The Appeals Committee has declared Mr. Mawutor Agbavitor eligible to contest today’s Volta Regional Football Association Chairmanship elections.

Incumbent Mr. Francis Dogbatse filed an appeal against the Elections Committee’s decision to clear Mr. Agbavitor to contest the RFA elections.

Mr. Dogbatse, the incumbent Chairperson of the Volta Regional Football Association had contested that some of the clubs that endorsed Mr. Agbavitor’s nomination form were not affiliated to the RFA and did not participate in the league.

He also contended that Mr. Agbavitor at all material times did not associate with a club for at least two years in accordance with article 6 of the Elections Regulations. In the circumstances, the appellant prayed this Committee to declare that Mr. Mawutor Agbavitor is unqualified to contest the forthcoming elections.

But after carefully processing documents filed by the appellant, the Committee ruled that the incumbent woefully failed to demonstrate that indeed some of the clubs that endorsed the forms of Mr. Agbavitor were not affiliated to the RFA.

In the case of non-participation, the Committee said the elections regulations do not disqualify clubs that are affiliated to the RFA but failed to participate in the league from endorsing or nominating a candidate.

“Article 6(1) of the Elections Regulations on Nominations and Supporting candidates disqualifies only clubs that have been suspended by the Association, CAF, WAFU or FIFA. Our attention has not been drawn to suspension of any of the clubs mentioned by the appellant. In the circumstances, we shall give Mr. Mawutor, Mr. Agbavitor the benefit of the doubt.”

After back and forth arguments, the Committee ruled that it has no good reason to tamper with the recommendation or decision of the Elections Committee on that issue.

In the circumstances, the Appeals Committee dismissed the application and declared Mr. Agbavitor eligible to contest today’s elections for the position of the chairperson of the Volta Regional Football Association.

The Appeals Committee was chaired by Alhaji Farouck Seidu – Vice Chairman with Owusu Ansah Awere, Claude Oppon, Divine Sunu, and Kwame Takyi as members. Daniel Oduro is the Secretary.