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BFA assembly August 22

Botswana Football Association (BFA) ordinary general assembly (OGA) has been moved from August 8 to August 22 in Francistown.

According to a circular from BFA, this was as per Article 27.2 of BFA constitution.

It states that the national executive committee (NEC) has received a request from an electoral committee that the elections candidature procedure, (evaluation and publication of official names of candidates) took longer than initially planned.

Therefore, in order to ensure smooth running of the electoral process as well as to promote fair and credible elections, the NEC acceded to the request.

In interview, Duma FM sport reporter, Thabo Osekeng, said some pundits doubted fairness of this year’s elective assembly.

He said the general assembly was unnecessarily delayed by a vetting process that favoured and disadvantaged some.

 “The general observation is that rules were selectively applied to certain individuals and not to others, because the feeling is that certain people who are either aligned to the current administration or their sympathisers were let off the hook yet they had no previous involvement with any BFA structures,” he said.

Osekeng also indicated that there was involvement of some BFA employees during build up to elections, which did not sit well with some, who felt that they were campaigning for the current administration.

He alleged that vetting out presidential hopefuls; Ookeditse Malesu and Tebogo Sebego seemed to be a strategy to cripple the opponents and pave way for the incumbent to stand unopposed.

Football analyst, Kagiso Rantswaneng, stated that article 27.2 had not been adequately satisfied since it stated that the NEC shall fix the place and inform the members at least 21 days before the meeting, adding that the circular did not confirm any fixed place to hold the meeting in Francistown.

Rantswaneng said BFA was not ready to hold the OGA on August 8, adding that the electoral committee’s road map was potentially to be concluded in July 23, when the final list of candidates was published.

He indicated that BFA electoral code article 11 enforced a 10-day examination process in which everything must be completed immediately after receipt of applications for NEC positions.

BFA electoral code article12.4 stated that the decision of the appeals body were final and could not be monitored at any government body, he said, adding that it was ambiguous and against the rights of those aspiring for office and had lost appeals.

“However this is not my area of speciality and would leave it to assembly to seek reviews and amendments of several regulations and codes,” he said. ENDS

Source : BOPA

Author : Thato Modiakgotla

Location : GABORONE

Event : INTERVIEW

Date : Jul 29 Wed,2020

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