As excitement builds up in the run up to the Football Association of Malawi (FAM) elections set for Salima on December 12, the association is today expected to start receiving nominations from affiliates.
The nomination process closes on November 13. FAM will announce the provisional list of the candidates on November 14.
FAM general secretary Suzgo Nyirenda, who is also secretary for the electoral committee chaired by Judge Dingiswayo Madise, said the final list will be available on November 21 to give room for those that would have been rejected to appeal.
“The statutes give a chance for those rejected to appeal within seven days,” Nyirenda said.
“We will then announce the final list of candidates that will be taken to Salima on November 21.”
FAM has also warned that it would not tolerate actions that would incite violence in the run up the elections.
The GS cited the Kamuzu Stadium incident in which anti-Walter Nyamilandu placards were mounted at the stands during the Flames’ World Cup second-leg qualifier against Tanzania last Sunday, as a recipe for violence.
Security personnel, including the police had to be used to take down the placards and Nyirenda said the electoral committee had to take action as stipulated in the electoral code.
“We have an electoral code that guides us to make sure that democratic principles are adhered to. What happened at the stadium was a recipe for violence,” Nyirenda said.
FAM executive comprises the president, first vice-president, second vice-president, four elected members, chairperson of Women’s Football Association and chairperson of the Sulom.
The association’s nine affiliates will send delegates to the General Assembly to represent them during the elections.
For one to contest he has to be nominated by at least one affiliate and the aspiring candidate must also have been active in football as an official or player for not less than five years.
FAM affiliates and number of delegates to the General Assembly is as follows: Super League of Malawi (8), Northern Region Football Association (6), Central Region Football Association (6), Southern Regional Football Association (6), among others.
For a person to be elected president, first vice-president and second vice-President, a majority of more than 50 percent of the votes is necessary while for the four executive members a simple majority.