LSRC to elect fresh executive

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MASERU — The Lesotho Sports and Recreation Commission will hold elections for a new executive, next month.
The polls, set for January 9, come two months after the High Court endorsed the Sports Ministry’s decision to fire 15 commissioners in October this year.
The commissioners — who were being accused of violating the LSRC constitution by failing to call for elections when their three-year term expired in September — had taken their case to the High Court, arguing the Ministry’s decision to boot them out of office had been unlawful.
“It was the Ministry’s expectation that all processes necessary for a commission to be in place — subsequent to the expiration of the 2006 commission’s tenure of office — would have been followed. It has become apparent that this has not been the case,” Sports Ministry principal secretary, Makalo Theko said when firing the commissioners.
Meanwhile, next year’s elections will be overseen by the Ministry of Gender, Youth, Sports and Recreation, according to LSRC chief executive office, Kholoang Mokalanyane.
“The election date has been confirmed but we are yet to finalise the venue,” Mokalanyane told the Lesotho Times on Monday.
Elections for a new LSRC executive are held every three years, with the last polls being held in September 2006. Member sporting associations are eligible to elect the commissioners.

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