National Assembly Sports’s chairman on GNOC Election
Friday, January 14, 2011
As Chairman, I rise to report for the information of ALL and SUNDRY that The National Assembly Select Committee on Youth and Sport acting on the provisions of selection 109 subsection 2b and (3) of all The 1997 constitution of the Republic of the Gambia; resolved to oversee the Gambia National Olympic Committees (GNOC) Presidency Election stalemate with a view to surprise the organization and conduct of free, Fair and Transparent election that meet and conform to our international obligation as a Nation this was conveyed to all stakeholders in a later dated on the 9th December, 2010 address to (1) Permanent Secretary Ministry of Youth and Sport, GNOC Ag president, GNOC Executive Bureau, National Sport Council Executive Secretary and as such, a stakeholders meeting was convened on Thursday 9th December, 2010. the Secretary General and head of the Civil Service, Director General National Intelligent Agency, Chairman of the Independent Electoral Commission, The Solicitor General and the Inspector General of police were urged to send in representatives as well.
After confirming the voter list of associations and individuals the committee adjourned the meeting to Wednesday 5th January 2011 for a press briefing and submission of the final list of eligible voters to the stakeholders and to direct the independence Electoral Commission to conduct the elections.
Going through the GNOC Constitution, the Sport council Act and the international Olympic Charter, it is clearly stated in chapter 4 rules 31 and 32 section 2 of the IOC Charter on reference to by laws that “THE STATUTES OF EACH NOC SHALL, AT ALL TIMES BE IN ACCORDANCE WITH THE OLYMPIC CHARTER AND REFER EXPRESSLY TO THE LATER IF THERE IS CONTRADICTION BETWEEN SUCH STATUTES OF AN NOC, OR IF THERE IS CONTRACDICTION BETWEEN SUCH STATUTES AND THE OLYMPIC CHARTER, THE LATTER TAKES PRECEDENCE.”
The committee also noted the preamble of the GNOC Constituition which among others stated: “WHEREAS THE GAMBIA NATIONAL OLYMPIC COMMITTEE IS AN ORGANISATION AFFILIATTED TO CHARTER AND ALL CODES, RULES, REGULATION AND BY LAWS EMANATING FROM THE CHARTER SHALL BE THE BASIC LAW OF THE GNOC AND SHALL INSPIRE AND PREVAIL OVER THE NATIONAL CONSTITUITION OF THE GNOC. WE FURTHER UNDERTAKE TO COMPLY WITH RULES 28 TO 32 AND THE BYE LAWE TO RULES 28 AND 29 OF THE OLYMPIC CHARTER.”
Furthermore, the GNOC Constitution in Article XX 21/21.1 stated: “SHOULD THERE BE ANY INCONSISTENCY IN THIS CONSTITUTION, OR OMISSION OR DESCREPANCIES BETWEEN IT AND THE PROVISIONS OF THE OLYMPIC CHARTER, THE LATER SHOULD PREVAIL.”
Following the adjournment which enabled members to verify the voter list, the Committee resolved as follows:
During the deliberations, Members of the committee were unamiously hailed by the various groups for their professionalism, efficiency and total neutrality in its quest to settle the Impasse.
Conclusions and resolutions of the committee
1. Eligible list of associations entitled to vote
The following are the eligible associations and individuals qualified to vote:
1. Athletics ,2. Volleyball, 3. Basketball, 4. weightlifting
It was equally noted with concern that the run-up to the October 20th Elections that never took place were marred by chaos and distrust evolving around neutrality issues of impartiality of the line Ministry.
Finally; the Committee wishes to inform all the stakeholders, the Chairman of the Independent Electoral Commission and the General Public that in fulfillment of the 30 Days notice as per the GNOC Constitution, the GNOC Executive Bureau is hereby instructed to conduct the election of The GNOC Presidency on SATURDAY 12TH FEBRUARY, 2011.
Members of the National Assembly Select Committee on Youth and Sport are as follows:
Done in Banjul, the Gambia this 29th Day of December in the Year of our Lord 2010.