NAIROBI, September 14 – The number of delegates who will vote in the Football Kenya Federation (FKF) president at the November 13 national polls has risen from 78 to 94 according to the adhoc committee that met on Monday to finalise arrangements for the elections.
Other National Executive Committee members will also be voted into office in the same day at a venue to be announced.
Eight members of the 10-person committee including incumbent FKF boss, Sam Nyamweya, his appointed deputy president, Robert Asembo, federation secretary, Michael Esakwa and FKF-PL chair and presidential candidate, Nick Mwendwa among others, finally sat to finalise guidelines for the exercise after being constituted in the August 28 Annual General Meeting.
Each of the 47 geographical counties that were converted to branches, 16 Kenyan Premier League clubs and eight sides each from the FKF-PL, National Super League and Division One will provide a single delegate for the polls for 87 ballots.
Two clubs participating in the Premier and National Division One women’s leagues will each provide a delegate with a representative from Coaches’ Association, Referees’ Association and Players’ Association rounding the total.
The notice and list of members on the delegates’ list will be published 21 days before the elections with clubs who have participated in FKF run leagues in the last three out of four years eligible to take part.
Sub-branches and branches will have eight elective positions apiece with the committee also adopting guidelines agreed at the AGM on requirements for candidates to contest for the position of president and deputy president.
These include playing an active role in FKF as a NEC or committee member or referee, assistant referee or any other function in the technical, medical or administrative matters of the federation or as a player for the last two of four years having been proposed as a candidate.
Nyamweya is seeking a second term after being swept to office on October 28, 2011 following the unified elections that saw the end of rival governing bodies, Kenya Football Federation he led and Football Kenya Limited headed by Mohammed Hatimy.
Public anger to his rule manifested itself on September 6 when national team Harambee Stars slumped to a 2-1 2017 AFCON qualifying defeat to visiting Zambia at a parked Nyayo National Stadium as fans burned his banners.
Besides Mwendwa, former chairman of the National Youth Committee, Gor Semelang’o is the other ranked front runner to unseat Nyamweya thus far.