Azam Tigers chairperson Sydney Chikoti has questioned the fairness of Super League of Malawi secretariat’s mandate to have receive nominations for candidates to contest for March 14 Elections.
Chikoti, who has the mandate to nominate for a candidate and elect during the forthcoming elections said the circular advising aspiring candidates to send their nominations forms to Sulom Secretariat in Blantyre between February 14 and 28.
“Who is running these elections? If is the current members they are interested parties. For example if I am an interested party and I see a rival’s nomination I can easily manipulate it. Anything can happen in football,” Chikoti said.
But Sulom Treasurer Tiya Somba Banda allayed the fears saying that the secretariat staff are independent because they are not elected.
“The Constitution says nomination forms should be files to to Sulom secretariat whose staff is non-elective. All they do is jjust file the nominations. We will not be able to manipulate this. If one gets nominated and their name gets missing they are free to raise that matter with us,” he said.
Football Association of Malawi General Secretary Suzgo Nyirenda backed Chikoti ,saying Sulom should have been doing just as other affiliates when handling polls.
“As we do with all regional association elections we are supposed to receive nominations from Sulom as well. This is an issue we are trying to sort out.”
So far Southern Region Association Treasurer Daud Ntanthiko unveiled his manifesto ahead of the elections to challenge incumbent Innocent Bottomani.
Bottomani, General Secretary Williams Banda, Tiya Somba, executive member Gift Mkandawire will vie for Vice-President position and Willy Phalula have expressed his interest to contest.