A statement issued by the Chairman of the TFF Elections Committee, Deogratias Lyatto, said the committee, which met in Dar es Salaam on Monday this week to assess the process of the DRFA elections, discovered weaknesses in some of the sections of the regional body’s constitution and concluded that the DRFA constitution does not meet the requirements of the TFF statutes.
“TFF Elections Committee also discussed the advice from TFF’s Constitution, Ethics and Players Committee on the DRFA constitution and the TFF Elections Committee was satisfied that the DRFA constitution does not conform TFF statutes,” read the statement.
“Following the basic shortfalls in section 29 and 30 of the DRFA constitution, the TFF Elections Committee, in accordance with the TFF constitution’s section 49 (1), section 48 of the DRFA constitution and section 26 (2) of the elections regulations for TFF members, has called off the DRFA elections which were expected to take place on March 18 this year”.
Lyatto said further that the DRFA’s elections process will start afresh after the completion of the amendment of the mentioned sections of its constitution, as per the directives of the Constitution, Ethics and Players Committee before August 10 this year. “TFF Elections Committee clarifies that in accordance with section 2 (4) of the elections regulations for the TFF members, the DRFA leadership will stay in power until the elections take place, before August 10 this year when the leadership’s term expires,” he added.
Shortcomings in some of the sections of the DRFA constitutions sparked misunderstanding among domestic soccer stakeholders that are involved in the regional body’s elections, in which some of the aspirants for various positions in the DRFA cried foul, saying the committee responsible with supervising the elections was deliberately fast tracking the process albeit the shortcomings in the constitution.
The committee’s insistence on going on with the DRFA elections was termed as a malicious plan to protect some of the incumbent officials seeking re-election to the body despite lacking qualifications to contest for the posts.