Mighty Mukuru Wanderers have punched holes into the on-going Super League of Malawi (Sulom) nomination process, claiming it was compromised. Wanderers have made the observation ahead of the TNM Super League governing body’s elective annual general meeting slated for next month in Mangochi.
The Nomads’ Company Secretary Chancy Gondwe said it was not normal for the nominations to go through Sulom secretariat.
“We have reservations with the procedure of sending all nomination forms to the secretariat which is headed by General Secretary Williams Banda who also happens to be an interested party since he is one of the contestants.
“How will the election process be free and fair under such circumstances? How transparent is such a process? Is it not prone to sabotage? Let Mec [Malawi Electoral Commission] or Fam [Football Association of Malawi] handle this election process including the nomination exercise,” Gondwe said.
He said such issues should be sorted now rather than later.
“Let these things change. Let us embrace professionalism in the manner we manage and conduct elections. Let these issues be sorted out before we waste our time on such a rigged process,” he said.
Banda laughed off Gondwe’s concerns, saying the body was backed by the law.
“The nomination forms are not going through Sulom. The email address firstname.lastname@example.org for sending nominations is for the returning officer as per 2015 Sulom laws. My email is not on the nomination form. So all nominations are submitted to the returning officer in line with the law, and not Sulom’s general secretary,” he said.
The nomination process started on Friday and runs up to February 17 with all positions being up for grabs.
The process rolled off with Sulom’s statement on Friday requesting clubs to nominate the candidates who should fulfil various requirements.
Some of the requirements are that the candidates should not have been found guilty of a criminal offence for the past seven years, must have been in active football association for five years and must be above 24 years.