After a long day of controversy. A long day of files being taken to court unceasingly, there some light at the end of the tunnel at the Football Association of Malawi (FAM) elections in Mangochi.
Fresh reports that Malawi24 is receiving say that an initial injunction that restrained the polls from taking place as sought by presidential candidates Wilkins Mijiga, Willy Yabwanya and Tiya Somba Banda has reportedly been lifted.
Malawi24 has learnt that this is after a series of meetings that took place during the day.
Malawians had been kept in the dark on what would happen on the matter as officials all remained silent in avoidance of falling into contempt of court.
Malawi24 reported that chairman of the appeals committee Justice LP Chikopa advised the electoral committee to postpone the elections following the violation of Article 22 (1) of FAM Statuses.
“The violation of Article 22 (1) constitutes a flouting the duties of the Electoral Committee as set out in Articles 2 (1) and 6 (1),(b),(c),(d) and (e) of the FAM Electoral Code,” reads part of the appeals statement.Article 22 stipulates that the list of 36 names of the affiliates be sent to FAM General Assembly at least 15 days before the date of the Assembly.
The appeals committee then directed the Electoral Committee to postpone the elections until there is compliance with Article 22 (1) and (5) of the Fa’s Statuses.
This forced the Electoral Committee which is being led by Justice Sunduzwayo Madise to postpone the elections as directed by the appeals.
THE OTHER SIDE OF THE STORY
The contestants who sought the injunctions, Yabwanya Phiri, Somba Banda and Mijiga are not present at the Indaba.
Malawi24 will keep you posted.