Track association accused of election impropriety

The former president of the Cayman Islands Athletic Association has won a temporary injunction to prevent the organization from holding its annual general meeting and elections amid allegations of discrepancies in the voter rolls.

Delroy Murray has launched a court action which successfully stopped the elections for the sporting body, originally scheduled for last week, pending the result of a Nov. 1 court hearing.

In an affidavit filed with the court, Mr. Murray suggests new members have been recruited in the months leading up to the elections, outside of the association’s rules, with the express purpose of securing the re-election of members of the current governing body.

The association has been ordered to provide receipts and membership forms to support its claim that there are 146 people eligible to vote in the elections.

Mr. Murray indicates in his affidavit that he believes there are only around 90 members who should be eligible to vote as per the association’s constitution, which requires voters to have been paid-up members for at least 12 months.

The association is currently leaderless following the resignation of president Dalton Watler after he accepted responsibility for an administrative mix-up that prevented Cayman’s champion hurdler Ronald Forbes from competing in the World Indoor Championships. His successor, Cayman track star Cydonie Mothershill, also resigned after just a few months in office.

The elections, which also include posts on the executive committee which runs the sport in the Cayman Islands, are held every four years, coinciding with an Olympic year.

Mr. Murray’s court summons names the association and its treasurer Paula Erskine and general secretary Barbara Wilson as defendants in the court action.

In his affidavit, Mr. Murray states that the association’s constitution requires anyone voting in the elections to have been a fully paid-up member at the previous year’s annual general meeting. He states that he introduced this rule himself during his tenure at president to stop prospective candidates from signing up supporters as members immediately before the vote in order to secure their election.

Based on the association’s mailing list, he estimates a “fluctuating membership of between 83 and 96 persons” and requests that the association produce accounts to prove that there were 146 people signed up as members as of the 2015 annual general meeting and therefore eligible to vote.

The affidavit states that a number of members of the current executive committee are seeking re-election.

“Without the intervention of the court, it is my fear that these persons will be elected by persons who are not members of the CIAA in truth and fact but are persons ‘recruited’ for the sole purpose of electing their ‘recruiters’ to office. If this is done, the truth as to what transpired in the lead up to the election may never be uncovered,” the affidavit states.

Justice Michael Wood granted the injunction last week, ordering that the defendants produce proof of the membership, including application forms and receipts to determine the membership as of Oct. 22, 2015.