Football Association of Malawi (FAM) has finally released the provisional voters’ roll for the December 12 elections.
The association’s electoral committee on Thursday issued a statement urging candidates to check with affiliates if they are interested in accessing the list.
“In accordance to Article 22 paragraph five of the FAM statutes, it is stated that affiliates of FAM are supposed to send names and photos of their delegates to a general assembly by registered mail and should be received by the general secretariat at least 15 days before the general assembly.
“Then Article 22 paragraph three states that official delegation must be in possession of a form granted by the affiliate being represented, proving their right to represent the affiliated, which form must be submitted to the general secretary at the latest 48 hours before the general assembly.
“It should be put on record that the FAM secretariat has received a provisional list of the delegates as per Article 22 paragraph 5 of the FAM Statutes. Should any candidate wish to access the provisional list, they are free to contact respective affiliates,” the press release signed by chairperson Dingiswayo Madise reads in part.
He said the final list of the delegates to the general assembly would be released two days before the elections.
“It is expected that the final list of the delegates will be given to the electoral committee by December 10 2015, 48 hours before the general assembly.
“FAM secretariat is expected to send a form to all affiliates which will contain the final list of the delegates for each affiliate. It is this final list that will be used at the general assembly and these delegates will exercise their voting rights at the general assembly slated for December 12 2015 at Sunbird Nkopola Lodge in Mangochi,” says Madise.
The statement follows concerns from some candidates that FAM was clinging to the voters’ roll.
FAM general secretary Suzgo Nyirenda, who is also electoral committee spokesperson and had earlier said the FAM statutes do not say the electoral committee should release the voters’ roll.
He said the press statement was aimed at clarifying all issues to do with candidates’ concerns.
Presidential hopefull Willy Yabwanya Phiri welcomed the development.
Another presidential aspirant Wilkins Mijiga, while applauding the electoral committee, urged FAM to make the voters’ roll public and not just available to affiliates.
Incumbent FAM president Walter Nyamilandu was not available for comment. n