Year to end without GABF Elections
Federation becomes unconstitutional in 2010
By Edison Jefford
With two more days left before the year ends, it is reasonable to assume that there will be no Guyana Amateur Basketball Federation (GABF) Annual General Meeting (AGM) and Elections in 2009, which will threaten its constitution.
The federation’s election was supposed to have been earlier this year but that was tripped up in the death of its President, Retired Colonel Godwin McPherson, who had functioned in the post for the past 19 years before his demise.
First Vice-President, David Patterson rightfully assumed the post and the AGM became a much more eminent feature of its existence. The Elections was promised twice with Patterson being the only known candidate for the post.
However, both of those occasions saw cancellations with no plausible reasons given as to why the GABF continues to renege on holding the Elections that would give credibility to the federation that governs the sport in Guyana.
Both the Georgetown Amateur Basketball Association (GABA) and the Linden Amateur Basketball Association (LABA) have openly called on the federation to host its Elections. There has been absolutely no response to the call since.
According to the federation’s constitution, 2009 was supposed to have been their Election year but that does not seem possible now. Entering 2010 without having held the AGM in the appropriate time would nullify its governing authority.
The two major sub-associations and Government would not be wrong to ignore the power of the national federation until it functions within the borders of the constitution, which is to hold an Election and AGM when it is due.
One suspects that there is dissatisfaction among the current Executive and there are a few grapevine and grassroots mechanisms being employed to secure the ‘right’ personnel. It would not be too far fetched to make that assumption.
It is a trend in the politics of local sport associations that prominent figures (business and otherwise) must get the top portfolio for reasons of influence among others; however, that usually threatens the base of those constitutions.
In other words, the constitutional right of the sub-associations and clubs is sacrificed for finding the right person. In no democratic process that should be accepted. In my analysis of table tennis, I will show how that can backfire.