Netball Association of Malawi (NAM) affiliates have agreed to hold the body’s executive committee elections on June 3 this year, ending weeks of mist surrounding the body’s leadership future.
The agreement was reached during an annual general meeting (AGM) held in Lilongwe yesterday. The set date though is in conflict with the constitutional requirement, which demands that aspirants are notified about the date 45 days before the polls.
But NAM president Rosy Chinunda said they have not breached the constitution because affiliates are the ones that have endorsed the date.
“It has been agreed by the delegates to the meeting. It is, therefore, a legal move which we have made,” she said.
Chinunda said they will raise awareness on the date so that all aspirants are aware about the elections. “We want to get as many candidates as possible.
So we will make sure that the message is spread countrywide,” she said. The outgoing committee’s three-year tenure expired last month.
Aflliates expressed concern over the elections delay. Nkhata Bay District Netball Committee general secretary John Banda said they endorsed the June 3 date to fill the power vacuum.
“Technically, we do not have leadership and we needed to address this as soon as possible. We are happy that, finally, we have resolved this matter,” he said.