By Duncan Kaonga
The Northern Region Football Association (NRFA) has announced that it will hold elections on 15 November, 2020 to put in place new office bearers to run the affairs of football in the region.
The development was confirmed by NRFA chairperson, Lameck Zetu Khonje during an extraordinary annual assembly which was held at Paramount Lodge in Mzuzu.
The new proposed date follows a snub by the national football governing body, Football Association of Malawi (FAM) not allow the north regional FA to hold elections on 18th October, 2020 as proposed by the NRFA.
NRFA claimed they received letters from district football committees who were calling on the body to hold elections earlier than November.
Speaking with Akometsi during the meeting, Khonje said the meeting was a success as affiliates agreed on the date to choose new office bearers.
The chair also played down the remarks the he didn’t give a room for the delegates to express their views in the course of his presentation.
“During the meeting where affiliates were discussing the electoral, it was a healthy debate. In any healthy debate there should be opposing views and at the end of the day in a democratic society the majority rules, So indeed clubs may have had their own views on the debate but in a democratic society the majority always carries the day,” Said Khonje
In his remarks after the meeting chairperson for Chairperson for Rumphi United, Chiza Duncan Mkandawire said he was not impressed with the meeting because it went out of the constitution and looking at the extraordinary meeting as paramount than the constitution.
“The constitution gives us the mandate to have 60 days before we can have the elections and here we are going outside the constitution. The constitution says 60 days therefore we cannot call the elections before these days,” Said Mkandawire
Mkandawire added that the seven teams eligible to vote will sit down and map the way forward before the dates that has been set.
Commenting on the development, FAM chief executive officer, Alfred Gunda appreciated NRFA for adhering to their guidelines to stop holding the elections but rather hold an extraordinary meeting in November.