March 3, 2021

GOC Elections: Calls to postpone elections breaches constitutional democracy – Presidential hopeful Osei Asibey

Ghana Olympic Committee Presidential hopeful Charles Osei Asibey has described tactics by some elements within the organisation’s ranks to postpone the 2021 general elections due to the Tokyo Games is unconstitutional.

The former broadcast journalist has declared that he aspires to assume a leadership position at the Ghanaian sports fraternity governing body but is cautious not to violate the laid down electoral procedures which, according to him, bars aspirants from making public declarations until a roadmap is announced by an elections body.

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A tentative date of March 15, 2021 has been proposed by stakeholders to go to polls to elect new leadership of the body though that date must be ratified by a congressional assembly which will happen later February.

The summer Olympic Games is scheduled to take place from 23 July 2021 to August 8, 2021 – an event which was affected by the COVID-19 pandemic causing it to experience a shift in date from the 2020 date.

According to deep-seated sources some elements within the rank and file of the GOC are employing various machinations and schemes to alter the due date for the 64 delegates to go to the polls to elect a new leadership.

“We have a constitution which has spelt the mandate period of the GOC and calls to extend the mandate has no constitutional bearings and it would amount to a breach and violation of our own constitutional provisions which must not be tolerated,” he told Benedict Kwadwo Mensah on Asempa FM.

Charles Osei Asibey “The Barrister” is a Ghanaian broadcast journalist who is also the founder and current President of the Ghana Armwrestling Federation and also doubles as the General Secretary of the Sports Writers Association of Ghana (SWAG). He is also the deputy General Secretary for Africa Armwrestling Federation and former Communications Director for the Ghana Olympic Committee.

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Source: Sports

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