Saturday, October 31, 2020

BFA readies to host assembly

Botswana Football Association (BFA) chief executive officer (CEO) Mfolo Mfolo says the association is ready to host its long awaited elective General Assembly.

Due to the COVID-19 prevention protocols, the elective General Assembly will be hosted in four different venues on the 10th October this year.

Mfolo was however cagey with the details as he said they were still to engage with all the candidates ‘before they could share with the public.’

Mfolo however said he does not expect this year’s elections to be any different from the previous ones hosted by the association.

“These elections will be hosted in accordance with article 26 of the BFA constitution as read along with the BFA electoral act. The only difference is that this time around, they will be held in four different venues,” he explained.

Asked whether the electoral board, which consists of only five (5) members will cope, Mfolo said he believes they will.

The BFA CEO said the arrangement is for each venue to be given one electoral board member to conduct and oversee elections there.

He however said he could not divulge any further details of how the elections will be conducted as it was still a ‘privileged information.’

While the BFA CEO was cagey with details, a source within Lekidi informed this publication that the elections will be ‘conducted by secret ballot,’ as is normal.

The source went on to explain that as a measure to ensure transparency, the whole process will be observed through the virtual platforms.

He said once the voting process has been completed, the votes will be tallied by all the electoral board members in plain sight of all observers and candidates on the virtual platforms.

The source further explained that while each of the venues will have an electoral board member, there will be two based in Gaborone.

Under the dispensation, structures from the Greater Kgalagadi and Gantsi areas will converge in Jwaneng. Those within the Greater Gaborone area will be in Gaborone.

On the other hand, Francistown will host structures from the Maun, Boteti, Chobe and Francistown areas, while structures from the Palapye and Selebi Phikwe catchment areas will be in Palapye.

Meanwhile, all eyes will be at the Francistown and Gaborone areas during the elections.

Gaborone is expected to play host to all the BFA presidential hopefuls during the elections and fireworks will be expected.

The same is also expected at Francistown, more especially following the problems the current leadership has recently had with the Francistown Football Association (FRAFA), which is under the regime’s estranged bedmate Maokaneng Bontshetse.

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