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Tough FKF election rules bar Waluke Semelang’o

Some aspirants eyeing the presidency of Football Kenya Federation (FKF) in this year’s polls have prematurely been locked out of the exercise after the federation’s executive yesterday announced rules for the exercise.

After holding presumably the final official National Executive Committee (NEC) meeting, the federation also settled on November 13 as the election date and lifted all suspensions and expulsions to give all bona fide delegates a chance to participate in the elections.

However, tomorrow’s Annual General Meeting (AGM) will have to ratify the resolutions. The federation also released a list of 75 delegates to attend tomorrow’s AGM at a venue yet to be announced.

Going by the tough elections rules announced, five candidates who had shown interest in the top seat have been effectively barred.

They include Sirisia Member of Parliament John Waluke, former Youth Entreprise Fund boss Gor Semelango, former presidential running mate Ronny Osumba and former internationals Nahashon Lule and Ken Oliech.

The four will not be eligible on the basis that they have never been branch chairmen, members of the federation’s executive committee or chaired clubs taking part in either the Kenyan Premier League (KPL) or Football Kenya Federation (FKF) Premier League.

Semelang’o rushed to be appointed the chairman of Provincial league side Re-Union FC last month, but it would seem that he made the move belatedly.

FKF chairman Sam Nyamweya said the rules have been agreed upon by his executive committee to ensure that only those who have been involved in the management of the sport at this level are allowed to run the federation.

“The executive committee felt that this rules need to be set to ensure that we have the best people coming in to run the federation,” he said.

Other tough rules are that all candidates eyeing the executive committee positions must either be current officials or chairmen of national super league teams, while for the position of branch chairmen, candidates must at least be branch officials or club officials to be allowed to contest.

Nyamweya also confirmed that the Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC) will be incharge of the exercise.

“We have appointed an internal board headed by Richard Omwela (Kenya Rugby Union boss) but they will work with the IEBC to ensure that we have a credible exercise,” he revealed.

The federation’s executive committee also made the decision to lift all suspensions and expulsions opening the door for Sammy Shollei, Dan Shikanda and Hussein Terry to contest in the polls.

“We are giving a blanket amnesty to all suspended or expelled officials from the sub-branches, branches and national office. However, they will not be allowed to attend Friday’s general meeting until their bans are officially lifted,” he said.

No decision was, however, reached on the proposal to turn branches into counties with Wednesday’s meeting preferring that it be put to the vote at the general meeting.

The meeting however, agreed that Kenyan Premier League (KPL) be re-admitted back as a member of the federation after being expelled early this year.

The company will however be required to sign the memorandum of understanding with FKF shortly after being re-admitted. The electoral process will kick off on October 29 when sub-branch elections will be held. This will be followed by branch elections on November 6.

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