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MBABANE – The clock is ticking towards the elections day.

In the next five days, the Eswatini Olympic and Commonwealth Games Association (EOCGA) will have a new executive. This is one of the biggest elections in the country’s sports fraternity as the nation waits in anticipation to know their next executive members for the next four years. Eswatini Football Association’s (EFA) President Adam ‘Bomber’ Mthethwa and the outgoing EOCGA President Peter ‘Mgcini’ Shongwe will go head-to-head in a race for the supreme position. Power moguls in Eswatini Tennis Association’s (ETA) President Maxwell Jele and former Eswatini  Boxing  Association’s (EBA) President Pearl Dlamini are in the race for the second-in-command seat as the vice president, while  four of the five nominated candidates to fill in as  board members  will also be praying for maximum votes.

The association’s Chief Executive Officer (CEO) Sydney Simelane has released the names of the elections candidates before taking to the polls as per the directive of the EOCGA Constitution. The elections are scheduled for March 7, 2021 (Sunday). Article 20.10 of the EOCGA Constitution reads;  “The Secretary General shall publish the names and brief history of the nominees at least seven days before the date of the election.’’ Member associations confirmed their respective designated voting delegate in writing to the EOCGA Secretariat by February 17, 2021. The training of members association on the voting procedure and system will take place between Wednesday and Friday. This exercise shall be conducted by the designated IT firm, following a signoff by the EOCGA auditors.

As communicated by the CEO, it was agreed that the Executive Board shall ensure that the meeting takes place either in the physical or virtual format that was identified and acceptable to the membership. This platform must have the capabilities of safeguarding the integrity of the electoral process. “All voting at the meeting shall be conducted by a secret ballot unless declared otherwise by a show of hands,” reads Article 21.3 of the EOCGA Constitution.” Below is a table illustrating how the candidates met the EOCGA Constitutional requirements.

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