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Be Forward Wanderers trustees are today expected to finalise preparations for Saturday’s supporters’ committee elections in Blantyre.

Patrick Jumbe, secretary to Wanderers board of trustees, said the trustees would meet stakeholders in the electoral process this evening to ensure a smooth poll.

He listed some of the stakeholders to attend the meeting as the Football Association of Malawi (Fam), Super League of Malawi (Sulom) and the Malawi Police Service.

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“Meanwhile, we have asked the supporters committee to submit the list of those that they want to vote from zonal sub-committees. But we have made it clear to them that every voter has to have an identity card to cast their ballot,” Jumbe emphasised.

He said the deadline for receiving nomination papers from all aspiring candidates is today.

Sulom general secretary, Williams Banda, confirmed receiving a letter from Wanderers, asking the body to help in the forthcoming elections.

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He said Thursday’s meeting would help in ironing out outstanding issues in line with the club’s statutes.

“The only concern is that the meeting should have been held much earlier. We needed to look at their electoral procedures if at all they comply with their constitution. So, this meeting should have taken place way before any of the electoral procedures were adopted. This is why we always ask clubs to give us a copy of their constitution,” Banda noted.

On Tuesday, the trustees announced a 50 percent reduction in fees to be paid by aspiring candidates after supporters challenged some of the pre-conditions for Saturday’s elections.

The supporters also wanted voters to be identified through their zonal subcommittees and not through the club’s identity cards, but the trustees have insisted that only registered supporters would be allowed to contest and vote.

Supporters committee secretary, Paul Mphepo, on Wednesday said he was working on the final list and was hoping to submit it by close of business.

“We hope the trustees will take this list as an authentic record of voters who would reflect the will of the entire Wanderers family. We are firmly against using identity cards for the elections. Our prayer is that the election organizers will understand our position,” Mphepo remarked.

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