All set for FKF national elections

Football stakeholders on Wednesday converge at the Kasarani Indoor Arena to elect the new officials of the Football Kenya Federation.

Tuesday February 9 2016

Members of the Football Kenya Federation (FKF) Electoral Board (from left) Bernard Njoroge, Edwin Wamukoya and David Mereka on January 29, 2016 when releasing the Federations' Branch elections results at Nairobi Safari club. Football stakeholders will on Wednesday elect the new FKF officials at Kasarani, Nairobi. PHOTO | MARTIN MUKANGU |

Members of the Football Kenya Federation (FKF) Electoral Board (from left) Bernard Njoroge, Edwin Wamukoya and David Mereka on January 29, 2016 when releasing the Federations' Branch elections results at Nairobi Safari club. Football stakeholders will on Wednesday elect the new FKF officials at Kasarani, Nairobi. PHOTO | MARTIN MUKANGU | NATION MEDIA GROUP

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Football stakeholders on Wednesday converge at the Kasarani Indoor Arena to elect the new officials of the Football Kenya Federation.

The national elections come after a long drawn process which has seen the elections postponed several times.

Some 77 delegates will take part in the exercise that will elect the new FKF president, his deputy as well as eight national executive committee members.

Officials from the electoral board and those from the Institute for Education in Democracy (IED) – the body conducting the elections toured the voting venue on Tuesday to ensure that everything is in place.

LOGISTICS IN PLACE

Speaking to Daily Nation Sport, electoral board secretary Irene Tindi said that all the logistics have been put in place and they expect the event to go on peacefully.

“Everything is set and we expect the exercise to go on smoothly. We have mobilised security and they should be sufficient.

We are anticipating to finish everything by 4pm to give way for counting and later speeches by the dignitaries.

(READ: 77 delegates cleared to elect FKF top officials on Wednesday)

We are however flexible and the programme could extend depending on how things run,” Tindi said.

Sports Cabinet Secretary Hassan Wario, Principal Secretary Richard Ekai and Fifa head of member associations, Primo Carvaro are expected to be among the dignitaries at the event.

Fifa, through Carvaro, has been keenly monitoring the FKF elections.

FKF PRESIDENTIAL CANDIDATES

Incumbent Sam Nyamweya is facing a litmus test from Kariobangi Sharks chairman Nick Mwendwa and Gor Mahia boss Ambrose Rachier.

Mwendwa, who will be hoping to be installed as the new FKF chief has been tipped as front runner after a majority of his lieutenants triumphed at the branch elections.

For one to be declared FKF-president and deputy-president, a candidate must attain 50 plus one of the total votes cast translating to 40 votes out of the possible 77.

In a scenario where no candidate attains the threshold, a run-off is held between the first two candidates.

The other seats are however determined through simple majority.

In a separate interview with Nation, Mwendwa expressed optimism that he will carry the day.

“We started this (campaign) almost a year ago and have put in a lot of time and effort. We expect to win and win convincingly.”

Efforts to reach Rachier were futile while Nyamweya declined to give his comment on the elections.

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