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Independent committee to oversee Nam elections

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Carol Bapu

Netball Association of Malawi (Nam) will not be allowed to run its own elections after agreeing with the Malawi National Council of Sports (MNCS) to let an independent committee oversee the process.

MNCS summoned Nam Executive following the postponement of Nam’s elective annual general meeting last week over a complaint which highlighted irregularities that marred the nomination process.

Sports Council Board Member Brigadier Clement Kafuwa (retired) confirmed summoning Nam to a meeting on Saturday.

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“We did not dwell on fault-finding as we opted to move on. We therefore agreed to let an independent committee oversee the process to ensure that the elections are free and fair,” he said.

Kafuwa also said Nam had agreed to hold elections within two months.

However, Kafuwa said it was too early to name the composition of the independent committee.

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“We will finalise everything this week,” he said.

However, Kafuwa could not reveal the contents of the irregularities that marred the process and also if the elections could have been compromised.

Nam General Secretary Carol Bapu dubbed the meeting fruitful.

“We feel it is only fair to let an independent body run the elections to remove any thoughts of doubt from the aspirants. This way, we will hold elections in a free and fair manner,” she said.

Over 10 officials had secured nominations to contest before Sports Council stopped the elections that were slated for May 29 at Livingstonia Beach in Salima District.

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