Former national chairman of the Ghana Athletics Association (GAA), George Haldane-Lutterodt, has called for transparency in the upcoming elections slated for Saturday at the National Hockey Stadium in Accra.
The consultant economist, who has promised to leverage the sport to the business community when elected, is running against incumbent Professor Francis Dodoo and Dr Silvanus Lamptey.
Mr Lutterodt told the Graphic Sports that for the elections to be credible, names of all the electorate in the 10 regions who are eligible to vote must be published and accounted for prior to the election day.
“We can’t tolerate such last minute changes to the voters register; we must know the electorate who are to vote prior to congress and nothing untoward must happen,” he cautioned.
Mr Lutterodt, who described himself as a unifier, vowed to unite the athletics front since he was worried about the negative campaign some individuals had resorted to against his personality.
He cautioned against the continued maligning of certain contestants perceived to be enemies of the incumbent Professor Dodoo.
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He denied a recent allegation made by Associate Professor Andrew Owusu on an Accra-based radio station about certain improprieties during his tenure in office 15 years ago and warned to resort to the law court to save his hard-earned reputation.
According to him instead of certain contestants focusing on issues and policies which would grow and develop athletics in the country, their subordinates had resorted to name-calling and mudslinging to tarnish the image of other contestants.
Mr Lutterodt criticised Professor Dodoo for not condemning the spurious allegations made against him by Andrew Owusu and advised him to live above reproach during the election on Saturday.
Saturday’s election will also witness two personalities - Mr Princeworth Anane-Asare and Mr Reks Brobby - vying for the vice-presidential post.
Those contesting for the treasurer’s position include Mr Agyapong Richard and Marc Dzradosi.
For the organising secretary, the contestants are Samuel Ayer, Bawah Fuseini and Emmanuel Sekyere Arhin.