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TFF polls hang on balance

17th August 2013
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Tanzania Football Federation (TFF)

The often postponed general elections of the Tanzania Football Federation (TFF) are likely to be shifted to a later date after colliding with the date at which soccer giants Yanga and Simba lock horns.

The election is set for October 20, where city archrivals Simba and Yanga meet in a Mainland premier league first leg match.

TFF information officer Boniface Wambura said yesterday that the body had written to election committee chairman Hamidu Mbwezeleni asking him to change the date of the polling to avoid collision of two big events.

Wambura said that the election date came after the soccer body had already released the fixtures.

“The election chairman is supposed to make a wise decision as the two events are important. Holding the polls on the same day as the match will affect the polls,” Wambura said, noting that Mbwezeleni had already called his committee members to table the issue.

Before the new date (October 20), the elections were earlier slated for February 24, but were stalled after axed candidates protested to FIFA and expressed discontent over disqualification.

FIFA then directed TFF to amend its constitution and restart the elections process.
The world soccer governing body directed TFF to hold the polls by October 30, with the federation was directed to hold an emergency general meeting to work out amendments and approve a new constitution before proceeding with the elections process.

The required amendments were endorsed by TFF delegates who met during the annual general meeting in Dar es Salaam on July 13. FIFA listed flaws in the TFF constitution, including the lack of an organ that would be responsible to deal with football leaders’ degree of integrity and credibility.

TFF was instructed to form a committee or organ within its secretariat to regularly monitor integrity of club officials, and a higher organ to deal with appeals. With all the directives implemented and the new constitution given official seal of approval by the Registrar of Sports Associations and Clubs, it was deemed right for the federation’s election process to start.

Election committee chairman Hamidu Mbwezelen, recently declared the new elections date, also setting October 18 for electing office bearers of the Tanzania Premier League (TPL) board elections. Forms for both poll exercises were obtainable from the TFF Secretary General’s office from today, and the deadline for returning them fixed for Tuesday.

Aspirants eying for the presidency will have to part with 500,000/-, while forms for vice-president will be available at 300,000/- and 200,000/- will be aid for forms seeking membership in the TFF executive committee.

Aspirants who were involved in the failed election exercise will not have to pay again, but they would be required to produce genuine receipts they used to purchase the forms.

TPL Board forms will are available at 200,000/- for chairman and vice-chairman posts while those eying board membership will have to pay 100,000/-. Objections dates will run from August 24 to August 26. 

SOURCE: THE GUARDIAN