Tanzania Daily News (Dar es Salaam)

Tanzania: National Football Body Elections Pushed to 2013

THE Tanzania Football Federation (TFF) general election has been pushed back to February 17, next year, to give room for the amendment of the body's constitution.

The election was previously expected to take place at the end of next month but it has now been penned for next year as TFF is expected to amend its constitution to conform to the requirements of the Confederation of African Football (CAF).

The Chairman of the federation's Legal, Ethics and Players Committee, Alex Mgongolwa, said the constitution's amendments are expected to be completed before mid next month. Mgongolwa said the TFF Executive Committee, in its meeting held on November 3, received recommendations from the continental soccer governing body, in which the latter, among other issues, wanted TFF to incorporate the Club Licensing Act in the federation's constitution.

CAF recently instructed all of its members to incorporate the act in their respective constitutions.TFF has also been asked to form the Elections Appeals Committee and do away with the current system, in which the federation's Appeals Committee was transformed into the Elections Appeals Committee during the federation's election process.

In other CAF recommendations, the body wanted TFF to scrape the Second Vice-President's post and see to it that clubs' representatives in the federation's Executive Committee are directly elected by the clubs. "After taking the recommendations into consideration, the TFF Executive Committee decided that there was a need to amend the constitution as suggested," said Mgongolwa.

"Because two of the three recommendations are directly associated with the TFF general election, there is a need for the recommendations to be implemented before the announcement of the TFF general meeting and the start of the federation's general election process," he added.

He said the constitution amendment will be done through the secular resolution considering that TFF will not manage to hold two general meetings -- the one that will specifically focus on the amendment of the constitution and the other for the general election -- within a short space of time.

The secular resolution should be prepared by the secretariat in cooperation with the Chairman of the Legal, Ethics and Players Committee before November 15, this year, and should be handed to the Executive Committee members that represent the federation's zones and see to it that every general meeting member of the concerned zone gets a chance to issue his approval.

"The seeking of the general meeting members' approval should be completed within 21 days," said Mgongolwa. He said the next Executive Committee meeting will be held on December 15, this year, with the aim of going through a report of the assignment and start preparations for the general meeting.

"TFF Executive Committee insists that it has opted for this route because the federation lacks sufficient funds to host two general meetings in a short space of time, otherwise, there will be a delay of the general meeting, something that should be avoided," he said.

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