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Jun 12, 2017

Ex-F.F.B. Exec Sergio Chuc Challenges Disqualification from Election

Sergio Chuc

There is further controversy leading up to the election for the executive of the Football Federation of Belize which takes place on June twenty-fourth. Former President Ruperto Vicente and Acting President Marlon Kuylen are the only two who can compete for the coveted top post.  That is because the 2016 F.F.B. presidential candidate Sergio Chuc has been disqualified and is crying foul after he and others were recently banned from contesting the election. At the 2016 congress, there was a deadlock between Chuc and Vicente for the leadership of the federation after twenty-two rounds of voting; Kuylen was then named the interim president.  In a press conference held today by Chuc, he says that his candidacy was rejected based on allegations of bribery, corruption, conflict of interest and attaining advantage in seeking the office of presidency. Those charges were dismissed by the Disciplinary Committee, which is one of the two judicial bodies of the F.F.B., but Chuc went on to appeal and lost. Today, he took on the F.F.B.

 

Sergio Chuc, Football Stakeholder

“The disciplinary committee is functional and is made up of three Belizean attorneys. These attorneys looked at the allegations and wrote back the F.F.B. saying that there was not an iota of evidence for bribery against me and that there was no prima facie case to be made against me. So that was put aside. However, when the Electoral Committee came to vet my candidacy, this information was not presented to them, only the allegations and they rejected my candidacy based solely on those allegations. So as you can see, I tried to appeal…the next process was to appeal to the Appeal’s Committee; that is what I did and in my appeal, I appealed on three grounds. The first ground is that the statues are clear; the convocation of the congress was carried out. Anybody who wanted to run for two of the offices that were vacant—president and vice president—would need to submit their applications by the fifteenth of May. The Committee would review those applications and if you were not informed by the twenty-fifth of May, it meant automatically that you are accepted. I received my denial on the twenty-sixth of May at about eight-thirty in the night. The hard copy was hand delivered to me on the twenty-ninth of May, the Monday. So that was one of the basis for my appeal. And the second basis for my appeal was that the judicial body, the Disciplinary Committee had thrown the allegations into the garbage and that was never presented to the committee. And the third appeal point was that there was no due process to me because I found out about these allegations the night when my candidacy was denied.”

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