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AFC Leopards election to go on

The forthcoming AFC Leopards elections Interim Board has allowed prospective candidates for the club's forthcoming elections to swop positions.

The board chairman Gordon Oluoch said now a candidate can be allowed to vie for another past other than the one he/she had registered to contest.

He said only those candidates who had been registered for the polls by the February 10 deadline will be allowed to contest in the polls scheduled for March 6 at the Nyayo National Stadium.

Earlier, the board had said it will not allow candidates to vie for any other post apart from the one he/she had registered to contest only accepting only those who will step down.

The move may lead to re-alignments amongst the opposing camps in uniting for purposes of forming a formidable team to win the elections.

Oluoch said the candidates who intend to swop their positions will need to confirm officially to the board and anyone who does not do that will be deemed to be keen on contesting for the position he/she had registered for.

The chairman who is also the Commissioner for Sports Gordon Oluoch said any member who will not be having an AFC Leopards membership card will not be allowed to vote.

Oluoch was responding to a question where he was asked about some of the members who tore and threw their cards or lost them during the February 13 aborted polls.

“We have a short time to prepare and we cannot give membership card replacements and so in that respect they will just have to wait until the next elections are conducted,” he said.

Oluoch said the elections were constitutionally organised in accordance with the club's constitution section 8 C. “The section stipulates that a Special General Meeting (SGM) can be convened within a notice of seven days to deliberate on only one agenda ,” said Oluoch.

He added:”We have been compliant with the provision which has been endorsed by the Registrar of Societies and the Ministry of Sports and Youth Affairs.”

The Commissioner said they had even given members a notice of more than seven days and therefore giving them more time to prepare will not augur well.

He said the gates to the elections will be open at 7am and be closed at 12 noon adding that there will be adequate security to oversee the process.

Oluoch warned the immediate former AFC executive members led by Julius Ochiel against misleading the club's members that they were still in charge.

“Their mandate ended on February 13 when their office was dissolved during the Annual General Meeting (AGM) to pave way for elections at the Railways Club during the abortive polls,” he said.

Oluoch said since there was a vacuum the Registrar of Societies mandated the the minister for Sports Dr Paul Otuoma to form an nterim board that will run the affairs of the club within a period of 60 days.

Oluoch said they were in charge and will make sure that they pay the players allowances, salaries and pre match allowances apart from securing a training ground for the team.

The AFC Leopards interim Board includes Sports Commissioner Gordon Oluoch, Kenya National Sports Council (KNSC) representative Henry Shihemi,who holds the position of secretary to the board, former leopards secretary general Richard Ikhalie, Joram Ondere and Jack Nelson Wamboka.

The others are comedian Charles Bukeko popularly known as Papa Shirandula a former AFC deputy secretar general, ex international Dan Shikanda, Lydia Obwaka, Fredrick Nasiche and Bernard Wamalwa who will act as the legal advisor.

The players welfare sub-committee is headed by Dr. Dan Shikanda and has in its membership Joram Ondere, Charles Bukeko and Fred Nasiche.

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