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The status of Football Association of Malawi (Fam) executive committee will come under scrutiny as an independent electoral committee discusses its fate on December 12 after receiving complaints from concerned citizens.

This comes after the Disciplinary Committee of Fam ruled that there has not been a legitimate Beach Soccer Association (BSA) executive committee since 2018 due to irregularities. The committee also nullified BSA elections held in Mangochi in August this year.

The letter, which The Daily Times has seen, states that the 2019 Fam elections should be nullified on the basis that BSA committee lacked legal capacity to nominate candidates and participate in the elections.

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“The Fam elections were tainted with fundamental irregularities since ineligible affiliate bodies such as the BSA nominated candidates and participated in the voting for the candidates. These illegalities and irregularities were of such a substantial nature that no tribunal properly applying its mind to the evidence and the statutes can, in good conscience, uphold the results,” reads part of the letter.

“The participation of ineligible members in the electoral process rendered the entire electoral process null and void.”

Fam Electoral Committee Chairperson Justice Silvester Kalembera said the committee would discuss the matter on December 12 when the body meets.

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“It is true, that we got the letter but we will meet to make a determination on the allegations,” Kalembera said.

Fam General Secretary Alfred Gunda also confirmed receiving the letter.

“We got the letter but we will wait for the committee,” he said.

During the Fam election in Mangochi, Incumbent president Walter Nyamilandu retained his seat after beating James Mwenda at Sunbird Nkopola.

High Court Judge Jabba Alide was elected first vice president whereas Othaniel Hara retained the second vice presidency. Rashid Ntelera, Mohammad Selemani and Chimango Munthali were elected as committee members. Fellister Dossi was also endorsed as an executive member. Super League of Malawi President Tiya Somba Banda and National Women’s Football Association Chairperson Suzgo Ngwira are also committee members.

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