Audit due next week will trigger AGM and election of new Rugby League board

    A report on the Tonga National Rugby League’s finances due next week is the key to the election of new board members.

    As Kaniva Tonga news reported earlier, the Supreme Court dissolved the TNRL board and ordered an election of new board members at a special general meeting.

    The Supreme Court warned it might take  further action against the League depending on the outcome of financial audit.

    Judge L.M.Niu said the previous board had not managed the League’s funds in accordance with its constitution.

    He said substantial funds were not accounted for.

    Counsel for the league’s interim board, William Clive Edwards Jr, said as soon as the report was released the TNRL would be able to call an annual general meeting and elect new board members.

    However, there is a dispute over exactly what day it will be released.

    Legal counsel for the former members of the board, Siosifa Tu’utafaiva, said he understood the report would be finished by next Wednesday or Thursday.

    However, Edwards argued that there was no court order fixing a time when the report was due.

    Tu’utafaiva said the former board members of the TNRL would be eligible to be voted and to be nominated for the new board.

    As Kaniva News reported in March, Siaosi  Koloamatangi was elected  Chairman of  the  League’s Board of  Directors during a special general meeting of the TRNL ordered by the Supreme Court.

    The meeting was chaired by Acting Attorney General ‘Aminiasi Kefu.

    The Supreme Court ruled in November last year that the new Board was to “carry on the affairs of the League, one of which shall be to have the finances of the League properly audited by a properly qualified chartered accountant.”

    Once a proper audit was completed, the new Board of Directors would convene an Annual General Meeting to elect a new Board of Directors.

    Deputy Prime Minister Semisi Sika, remains President of the League.

    The main points

    • A report on the state of Tonga National Rugby League is due next week.
    • As soon as the report is released the TRNL will be able to call an annual general meeting and elect new board members.

    For more information

    Audit report on the financial statement from the Tonga National Rugby League is expected to due next week

    New chair of TRNL board of directors elected at Supreme Court-ordered meeting

    Supreme Court bans former rugby board members, president, from election meeting

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