Barry Manandi has pulled out of the upcoming ZIFA elections citing a number of irregularities. He was contesting for a slot on the ZIFA executive committee.
Below are excerpts from the letter Manandi wrote to ZIFA on Wednesday afternoon.
“CANDIDATURE IN THE ZIFA 2018 ELECTIONS – EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE
This letter serves to thank you for informing me, through social media, of my confirmed
candidature in the forthcoming Zimbabwe Football Association (ZIFA) Elections, for a seat
on the ZIFA Executive Committee (Board).
I would like to formally advise the Electoral Committee of my withdrawal as a candidate in
these elections on the following grounds:
1. Notification of authorised candidature
a. There was no notification from you that my candidature had been
successfully verified as required by Article 11.2 of the ZIFA Electoral Code
b. Instead I found out about my candidature through social media
c. To this day, I have received no formal communication about anything related
to the election that is scheduled to take place on December 1, 2018.
2. Distribution of Final List of Candidates
a. According to Article 13 of the ZIFA Electoral Code the “final list of candidates
shall be sent to all members of the ZIFA Congress and, where necessary, to
the relevant government bodies no less than 15 days before the elective ZIFA
b. At this stage we are three days from the elective Congress and a final list of
candidates was only seen, on social media, yesterday on the 27th of
November, 2018, four days before the election.
3. Register of Delegates
a. We have to this day, not received a register of the delegates to Congress,
which would greatly assist in our campaign, which hitherto, has been based
on the assistance of other delegates, without any form of confirmation of the
confirmed delegates in good standing,” reads part of the letter. More to follow.