Council sets October 3 as Taekwondo elections date


Malawi National Council of Sports (MNCS) has set October 3 as the official date for Taekwondo Association of Malawi (TAM) elective general assembly.

This comes a month after MNCS nullified results of the initial elections that were held alongside the Presidential Taekwondo Championships in Salima.

The new committee has a task of rejuvinating taekwondo
The new committee has a task of rejuvinating taekwondo

Then, MNCS described the polls, which saw Andrew Soole beating the incumbent president Benedicto Tsinde by six votes, as illegal because it was not budgeted for and that the quorum was not reached.

“The taekwondo elections will officially be conducted on October 3. All arrangements for the polls are at an advanced stage,” said Sports Council executive secretary George Jana.

Sports Council has also set a Malawi Schools Certificate of Education (MSCE) as the minimum qualification for contesting candidates. However, for the treasurer’s post, the candidate needs to have at least a certificate in book-keeping and accounts.

The other positions that will be up for grabs are that of the president, vice-president, general secretary, vice-general secretary and committee members.

The current committee has been in office on an interim basis for nine years after the body failed to conduct elections in the previous years because people did not show interest to contest such positions.

The incumbent committee has Tsinde, Mapeleka Chagunda, Maria Chewaya, and Salome Namachelenga as president, vice-president, general secretary, treasurer and vice-treasurer, respectively.

The post of vice-general secretary is vacant as the holder Gertrude Mwathunga lives in South Africa.

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