- Published on Friday, 22 June 2012 01:05
- Written by DAILY NEWS Reporter
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A ROADMAP has been laid out towards the much-anticipated Tanzania Football Federation (TFF) general elections, after the federation’s electoral committee released dates for preceding elections at regional associations and associate members.
The country’s football governing body will later this year hold its general elections. The elections has already attracted a lot of interests due to the fact that the incumbent President Leodegar Tenga will be stepping down after serving two consecutive terms in the office.
Already, some people have started the groundwork ahead of the elections and will be trying to exploit the coming elections at regional FAs and TFF’s associate members to put their cohorts in power, with an eye on the December elections. A sum of 25 regional football associations and five associate members form the major part of voters during TFF elections; therefore whoever they elect will have a bearing in the federation’s polls.
Chairman of the TFF Electoral Committee, Deogratias Lyatto, said all TFF members will hold their elections between July 1 and November 10 and urged each of the association to start preparing for their respective elections. Two regional associations have been scheduled to hold elections in July.
They are Dodoma Regional Football Association (DOREFA, July 21) and Singida Regional Football Association (SIREFA, July 28). Four regional FAs and one TFF’s associate member will hold elections in August.
They include Dar es Salaam Regional Football Association (DRFA, August 11), Arusha Regional Football Association (ARFA, August 18), Manyara (MREFA, August 18), Kilimanjaro (KRFA, August 25) and Football Referee’s Association of Tanzania (FRAT, August 26) There will be six regions holding elections in the following month, including Mwanza on September 1, Geita, Iringa, both on 8th, Njombe, Rukwa on 15th and 29th respectively, as well as one associate member, the Soccer Players Union of Tanzania (SPUTANZA, 29).
Tabora, Kigoma, Lindi, Simiyu, Coast Region, Shinyanga, have all been scheduled to conduct their elections in October, so are Tanzania Women Football Association (TWFA) and Tanzania Sports Medicine Association (TASMA). Meanwhile, Ruvuma, Katavi, Tanga associations will go on polls in November alongside Tanzania Football Coaches Association (TAFCA).
Lyatto said district football associations that have failed to hold elections will not be allowed to take part in regional elections. Kagera Regional Football Association (KRFA) and Mara Regional Football Association have already elected their leaders. Former Young Africans SC Secretary Gen eral, Jamal Malinzi, was elected MRFA Chairman, while Alex Raphael Gashaza and Salum Umande Chama were elected Vice-Chairman and Secretary General respectively.