Thursday, February 25, 2021

Some NEC members fighting to extend office term

Some members of the Botswana football Association National Executive Committee (BFA NEC) are fighting to extend their office term.

The members are disputing the nominations for the coming elections claiming that they are fraud and should be set aside because there is no electoral committee. 

According to the BFA constitution articles 22.8, the electoral committee is the body in charge of organizing and supervising the election process.

BFA elections in the past were conducted by the then Botswana National Sport Council (BNSC). The new constitution has since changed the way elections are conducted. 

Another major change in the coming elections is that unlike in the past all NEC members with be elected at the same time as opposed to staggering the election process. Previously the president, vice president technical and add member were all elected in one assembly and the other four elected after two years.

Contacted for comment, BFA Chief Executive officer, Kitso Kemoeng denied allegations that the BFA has written FIFA a letter seeking guidance on how to handle the issue.

“It is not true that we have written FIFA any letter. FIFA has a code of conduct on how elections should be conducted and we have to abide by the code of conduct” said Kemeong. 

He does not see how the NEC members’ term can be extended without a ballot. “All who seek positions in the NEC have to go through elections” he said.

According to sources Sebego’s camp is alleging that the Letshwiti camp has released they don’t have numbers hence they want to adopt delaying tactics to campaign and woo voters to their side. 

Three groups will be standing for the upcoming BFA elective assembly. The incumbent BFA president, Sebego will lead his group, Solomon Mantswe, Police XI chairman will also take his troops to the battle field and Letshwiti will lead his lieutenants. Mantshwe’s team is expected to be officially launched during the week. 

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