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Wilkins, Walter, Willy wrestle for Fam presidency

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At the picturesque Sunbird Nkopola in Mangochi District, the stage is set for a contest of three Ws as Wilkins Mijiga, Willy Yabwanya Phiri and incumbent Walter Nyamilandu wrestle for the most coveted domestic football office– -Football Association of Malawi (Fam) presidency on Saturday.

Football is a game which many Malawians follow passionately, but football elections’ dynamics are such that only 36 electorates will choose a leader to drive Malawi football, from Chiwembe Technical Centre, for the next four years.

Transforming Malawi national football team, the Flames, into a continental gentle giant is the most immediate challenge but, over and above that, exploiting the commercial value of the game and cleansing the game of thugs and fraud is a grander project at hand.

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In view of this, Malawians are hoping for credible elections. Fam Electoral Committee, under the tutelage of Justice Dingiswayo Madise, will preside over proceedings while being guided by the Electoral Code and Fam statutes. Fifa envoys will witness the epic moment.

“For a person to be elected president, first vice-president and second vice-president, a majority (more than 50 percent) of the votes recorded and valid is necessary. If there are more than two candidates for a position, the candidate that obtains the lowest number of votes is eliminated as from the second ballot until only two candidates are left,” reads article 29 of Fam statutes.

“Election of the members of the four elected executive committee members shall be carried out on the basis of relative majority (the highest number of votes cast). Accordingly, the first four with highest number of votes will be declared winners.”

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Of the 36 voters, the bulk eight are from the influential Super League of Malawi (Sulom) which nominated Mijiga, whose agenda is visionary and strategic football management.

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