The much talked about and highly anticipated Sierra Leone Football Association elective congress that was slated for 19 to 21 July 2012 has been postponed to 23 - 25 August 2012.
According to the Chairman of the SLFA electoral committee, Lansana Kotor-Kamara, the decision of the committee to postpone the congress was due to the irresponsibility of the delegates in failing to regularize their status with the Football Association within the stipulated time.
A release from the committee reads: "The elective congress has been deferred due to the reasons that up till today's date members are yet to fully comply with Article 10 of the SLFA constitution despite several correspondences and official notifications issued by the secretariat of the FA urging them to conform to the said obligation under the constitution."
According to chairman Kotor-Kamara, members would have been automatically disenfranchised if they had gone by the stipulated date for the election because out of the 47 delegates only one official was able to comply with the FA's demand.
"For proper and credible elections to be held, the Electoral Committee needs to be given adequate and sufficient time to plan, prepare and finish its mandates as prescribed in the SLFA constitution and electoral code," Kotor-Kamara said.
Meanwhile, a deadline date of July 7 has been given to all the delegates to comply with Article 10 (4) of the SLFA constitution which calls for delegates to regularize their status accordingly.
However, aspiring candidate Rodney Michael has frown at the decision of the committee saying their action was illegal and against the SLFA constitution.
But the campaign and media team of Isha Johansen, another aspiring candidate, said they will not question the committee's decision. "If it is geared towards a fair and level playing field for the election, then we have no qualms," they said.