Sweeting expects smooth electoral process
Wanting to have a transparent election of officers and ensuring that persons who have the best interest of the sport at heart, be a part of the executive board, the Bahamas Baseball Federation (BBF) held early nominations for the nine available positions this year.
The nominations were open a month ahead of the election process, to any active member affiliated with one of the 12 leagues under the federation’s umbrella. The deadline for nominees to be entered was last week. Delegates will cast their votes on November 19, at the Ministry of Youth, Sports and Culture.
“The executive body wanted to set up a process that is transparent and allows individuals who are involved in baseball or within any of the leagues that are operating and affiliated with them, if they would like, to be a part of the executive committee that governs the day-to-day operation,” said Theodore Sweeting, incumbent secretary general.
“We have a process in which to become a part of that team, prior to the elections. The way it works is you fill out a nomination form, and it is then signed by the president or the leader of any of the various leagues. That means we will get individuals from within the baseball community who are working in the leagues. There should be no reason why you should want to run for one of the offices in baseball, if you are not working within baseball. That is the purpose of it and that was unanimously agreed upon by the executive body.”
Challenging for the president’s chair are the incumbent Craig Kemp and Geron Sands a coach from the Freedom Farm organization. Incumbent 1st vice president Alonzo Pratt will go up against Bertram Murray for that position. The 2nd vice president spot is being sought by Stephen Adderley, the present assistant treasurer. Joe Moss, Sands and Williams Seymour are all in the hunt for the third and fourth vice president positions.
Dillon Dean is the sole name listed for treasurer. Marsha Munnings, Sweeting and Jeannie Scavella can also get in unopposed for the positions they are vying for.
Sweeting said: “The early nomination process was a success, in the light that individuals met the process time which is one month prior to the elections. The notices go out in the media advising anyone who is in the leagues who wants to be a part of the executive committee. There is a deadline for the nominations of each candidate for each position. Everyone who wants to be a part met the deadline. Once we get to the elections, our constitution states that if any of the positions do not have any nominees prior to the deadlines, we will take nominations from the field for that office.”
About 12 votes will be cast for each position. Eligible leagues are the Abaco Baseball League, the Bimini Baseball League, the Eleuthera Baseball League, the Freedom Farm Baseball League, the Grand Bahama Little League, the Grand Bahama Amateur Baseball League, the Inagua Baseball League, the Junior Baseball League of Nassau, Legacy Baseball League, the Long Island Baseball League, the New Providence Amateur Baseball League and the Spanish Wells Baseball League.