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Nam polls in limbo, candidate lodges complaint

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Carol Bapu

The future of Netball Association of Malawi (Nam) elective annual general meeting hangs in the balance as Malawi National Council of Sports has started investigating malpractices that reportedly marred the nomination process.

This follows an official complaint from one of the aspiring candidates.

If Sports Council finds anomalies in the nomination forms as alleged by the complaint, then chances of holding the polls at Livingstonia Beach in Salima District on Saturday are slim.

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Our source said one of the aspirants has highlighted a number of irregularities that need to be ironed out before the elections.

“The nomination forms are supposed to be accepted by the candidate. Surprisingly, some candidates accepted the nomination form before the actual date of which the nomination was prepared. In an ideal situation the nomination has to be prepared first and signed before the nominated candidate signs. The challenges are in some districts but not all. This is why the future of the elections hangs in limbo,” said the source.

Two officials [names withheld] from the district committees confirmed being approached by Sports Council on verification issues.

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Sports Council Board Chairperson Sunduzwayo Madise referred us to the institution’s acting executive secretary Henry Mereka who could not be reached for comment.

Meanwhile, Nam yesterday released the official list of nominated candidates with all aspirants making it.

The association’s president Khungekile Matiya, ex-Queens player Emmie Waya-Chongwe and former treasurer Abigail Shariff have all secured nominations for the presidency.

Former Kukoma Diamonds general secretary Chimwemwe Bakali and Anastasia Kaphale will battle for the vice presidency.

Former Malawi National Netball Team shooter Linda Magombo- Munthali and ex- Diamonds official Isaac Chimwala will contest for the General Secretary post.

Diana Nkhulambe, Yamikani Khungwa- Kauma and Vitumbiko Mwandemange Gubuduza have been nominated for the position of vice secretary.

Agnes Chaima and Tadala Billie will tussle for the treasurer’s position.

Nam general secretary Carol Bapu said they were scrutinising the nominations to ensure that they were in order.

“We did not delay releasing the nomination list as we are within the stipulated time. It is a process we had to go through,” she said.

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