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Anderson on the warpath with JFF

Published:Sunday | December 3, 2023 | 12:12 AMLivingston Scott - Gleaner Writer
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JFF vice-president Raymond Anderson.
Kenyon Hemans/Photographer JFF vice-president Raymond Anderson.

JAMAICA FOOTBALL Federation (JFF) presidential hopeful, Raymond Anderson, will today reveal to the media what his Real Solid Action (RSA) campaign team believes is evidence of a plot to disenfranchise voters in the upcoming elections scheduled for January 14 next year.

According to the RSA team, the incumbent JFF leadership is also creating organisations to replace the disenfranchised voting stakeholders.

The press conference is to be held at the Liguanea Club at 11 a.m.

In a press release on Friday, the RSA indicated dismay over the allegations: “These tactics are a blatant disregard for democratic principles and are aimed at silencing voices that are crucial to the fair and transparent functioning of the electoral process.”

According to the RSA, the Vin Blaine-led Jamaica Football Coaches Association, and Beach Soccer Jamaica, led by Pat Garel, are two of the organisations it feels have come in for disenfranchisement.

It also noted that the JFF leadership “unconstitutionally” failed to inform these groups of their rights and obligations under the new constitution and only shared the document with these entities as recently as October.

A very bold statement from the RSA in that press release also said the Ricketts administration created ‘Shell’ companies, formed by directors and federation staff members, intended to replace the disenfranchised organisations.

“Further skewing the electoral process in favour of the current JFF leadership,” the release read.

The RSA says it has already made contact with the Electoral Committee, who it expects to thoroughly examine the evidence presented as a matter of urgency and with fairness.

“The RSA campaign team assert that this misconduct must end immediately. In the interest of transparency and to restore integrity to the JFF, we call upon all stakeholders in the football community to attend a critical press conference (Monday).

“We stand united in our commitment to ensuring a fair and just electoral process within the Jamaica Football Federation,” it stated.

The Michael Ricketts slate is yet to respond to the allegations.