Controversy surrounds the Botswana Chess Federation (BCF) Annual General Meeting (AGM) which could derail elections.
BCF is expected to go to polls at their next AGM slated for Kanye on May 27, 2017. It has come to light that some of the elections hopefuls are barred by the amended constitution to stand for the upcoming polls.
This comes after several members of the current committee expressed interest to contest for a second term in office. A clause in the constitution adopted in 2013 when the current committee was elected into office stipulates that no member shall serve for more than two consecutive terms.
Out of the eight current committee members, seven have expressed interest to run for another term.
“Seven of the current committee members are willing to campaign for another term but there is a clause stipulating that no member shall serve for more than two consecutive terms. Some in the current committee believe the amendment could not affect them as they just got into office.
“Some of the members in the current committee had also served under the old constitution which was changed therefore the assumption was that they qualified to stand for elections since the amendment was done in 2013 but other members argue that it dates back to the old order,” said a source.
BCF spokesperson Keenese Katisenge said all was well at the federation and that the matter would be dealt with accordingly with unity. “We have always been a united federation no matter our differences,” Katisenge said.
Meanwhile, BCF has opened nominations for interested parties to officially express interest to contest for the elections. Katisenge said the federation would process vetting after April 26.
“A decision will be made after submission of nominations. The elections committee will vet all nominees and announce those qualifying to stand. Should there be any complaints after this process the general membership under the guidance of the BCF leadership will handle them,” said Katisenge.