The highly anticipated Football Association of Malawi (FAM) elections scheduled for 12 December at Nkopola Lodge in the Southern Region district of Mangochi will not take place after an Appeal Committee stopped the elections because the electoral committee flouted its code.
An official from one of the affiliates confirmed the development but he declined to shed more light on the issue, saying they are awaiting Fifa decision on elections
FAM president Walter Nyamilandu challengers, Wilkins Mijiga and Yabwanya Phiri together with Tiya Somba Banda appealed that list of delegates to the FAM General Assembly were not sent at least 15 days before the date of the Assembly as required by the association’s electoral code.
In his determination, Justice Lovemore Chikopa of the Appeal Committee ruled that “in order to maintain the integrity of processes of the FAM elections,” the election only proceeds upon compliance with Article 22(1) and (5) of the FAM Statutes that the list of delegates be released at least 15 days.
FAM secretary general Suzgho Nyirenda released the delegates list on Thursday.
According to Chikopa, it means the elections cannot go ahead because a new list has to be produced and submitted at least 15 days before the Assembly at which elections are to take place.
Chikopa however said there is a twist in that the FAM Electoral code states that the Appeal Committee shall comprise 3 members and two substitutes.
“Therefore the directions of FIFA are being sought on whether a quorum was formed by the Appeals Committee which only comprised 2 members instead of the stipulated 3,” he said.
He said FIFA representative who was to oversee the elections; Ashford Mamelodi will hopefully give directions on the way forward.
Chikopa said a decision of FIFA may be that either the elections be postponed if the decision of the Appeals Committee stand or elections go ahead if the was no quorum and the decision of the Appeal Committee is null and void
However, other business regarding the Annual General Meeting would go ahead.
FAM out-going executive committee member James Mwenda faces Sulom Treasurer Tiya Somba Banda for the position of First Vice President held by Moses Mkandawire who has decided to step down after serving two four year terms.
Incumbent Second Vice President Pikao Ngalamila faces executive member Nathaniel Hara.
Among executive member contestants are lawyer Jabber Alide, former FAM Treasurer Hubert Mfune who will join Sulom President Innocent Bottoman and National Women’s Football Chairperson Silveria Chalira who have automatic positions by the virtue of their positions.
The following is the list of delegates to the elections: Raphael Humba (chairperson), William Gowelo (member), Daud Mtathiko (treasurer), Rajab Namalaka (vice-treasurer), George Pagaja (general secretary, Tiziona Banda (member)-Southern Region Football Association).
Severia Chalira (chairperson), Lina Mtegha (general secretary),- National Women’s Football Association.
Kondwani Gondwe (chairperson) Leonard Mazombwe (member)- Beach Soccer Association.
Patrick Kapanga (chairman), Chris Kalichero (general secretary)- National Referees Association.
Mabvuto Missi (chairperson) Chimango Munthali (vice-general secretary).-National Youth Football Association.
Jommo Ngonga (chairperson), Benjamin Kumwenda (general secretary)-National Coaches Association
Innocent Botomani (chairperson), Williams Banda (general secretary), Tiyanjane Somba-Banda (treasurer), Captain Gilbert Mitawa (legal adviser), Godfrey Makawano (member), Aggrey Khonje (member) Lt. Col. Elvis Mwase (member), Charles Manyungwa (member)- Super League of Malawi
Lameck Khonje (chairperson), Andrew Phiri (member), Chauka Mwasinga (treasurer), Fumbani Gondwe (member), Alfred Gunda (general secretary),Patel Kaunda (vice-general secretary)-Northern Region Football Association.
Austin Ajawa (chairperson), Pyson Likagwa (treasurer), Bernard Harawa (general secretary), Winston Katendema (member), Charles Kapichi (vice- chairman) Tifa Ngoma vice-treasurer-Central Region Fotball Association.Follow and Subscribe Nyasa TV :