Footballers Union of Botswana (FUB) electoral committee has set August 21, 2021, as the date for the final release of the candidates' list for the upcoming elections.
The electoral committee is headed by Kingsley Moleleki who is working with two other members, Kadisa Kadisa and Peloyame Mangope. The committee has advised that aspiring candidates are prohibited from campaigns until the final list has been released. The nomination of candidates started on Monday and will run until August 16, after which the vetting process will take place. Those contesting the vetting process and results will then be afforded time to lodge their appeals on August 18 and 19. An election appeals committee led by former Gaborone United midfielder, Mosalagae ‘City’ Gaborone will then sit on August 20 to deal with the appeals.
The incoming FUB board will have a new revamped structure following constitutional amendments. At last month’s special congress, proposals were put before the members to amend the constitution and according to the union’s secretary-general, Kgosana Masaseng, all of the proposals were approved. He said the constitution has since been approved by the Registrar of Trade Unions and has been shared with the membership. One of the new changes is that this time around, the board will have two vice presidents. The second vice presidency position has been reserved for female players only. In the current board, there was only one female representative, while the new board will now have a minimum of three after the amendments. The new development also means that the new board members will now be entirely elected by the members. In the past, only the president and the vice were elected while the rest of the positions were appointed based on their expertise.
Meanwhile, Masaseng said the proposed meeting between the union representatives and the Botswana Football League (BFL) is expected next week to discuss the National Dispute Resolution Chamber (NDRC) rules, the draft Code of Conduct and Disciplinary Procedure, standard contract, player development programme, regulations on the Status and Transfer of Players as well as the BFL constitution. “We are looking at next week for the meeting since some of the members from our end and BFL have been affected by COVID-19. So all these will be dealt with when we meet possibly next week,” Masaseng said.