The Chess Association of Malawi of Malawi CHESSAM legal committee will today pronounce its verdict on the disputed Southern Region Chess League (SRCL) chairmanship election held at Blantyre Club House last Saturday.
Peter Jailosi, one of the contestants for the position who lost to Steve Mpingu by a single vote after amassing 6 votes against Mpingu’s 7 has raised three grounds against the election.
He claims that as required by CHESSAM constitution Mpingu did not renew his CHESSAM Membership upon the dissolution of the old committee.
Furthermore, Jailosi alleges that Mpingu only submitted to CHESSAM a letter expressing interest to contest during the voting process and that camp forced a local journalist who is not SRCL member to cast his vote.
CHESSAM General Secretary Leonard Shara confirmed that the Association indeed received the complaint and the complaints committee is expected to pronounce its verdict on the same later Monday.
He said: “Yes indeed it is true that one contestant during the recent Southern Region Chess League Chairmanship election has petitioned our office protesting the poll.
The petitioner wants the poll nullified, citing several irregularities. In the meantime CHESSAM complaints committee is looking into the issues and will make its determination later today (Monday).”
The petition only protests the Chairmanship election which means the rest of the elected positions are undisputed.
Last Saturday, delegates re-elected Steve Mpingu who only presented his nomination papers on the eve of the elections as SRLC Chairperson and will be deputized James Psyelera who went unopposed.
The positions of Secretary General, Treasurer and publicity which went to Gift Selemani Howahowa, Martin Nyamilandu, and Wadza Otomani respectively went unopposed.
Craig Tikita scooped 6 votes to claim the Regional Schools Coordinator post over MacMillan Gondwe who received no vote.
John Mkumba, Precious Kamwendo, Chiletso Chipanga, Akim Chihana completed the list following their election as Executive Committee Members.
Soon after the polls, the Chess Association of Malawi CHESSAM was disappointed that to note that the ‘new committee’ was an all men’s affair.
As such, CHESSAM ordered the ‘newly elected’ to co-opt female members into its rank and file.
CHESSAM General Secretary Leonard Shara said: “It’s disappointing that there no interest from women to take up positions and today’s elections is a living testimony as there is no single woman in the committee.
We will advise the new committee to at least incorporate a woman in their committee suffice to say that as a mother body, we will thrive to promote women in leadership positions”, Shara said.
Responding to the observation, Southern Region Chess League publicity Secretary Wadza Otoman said: “We want to encourage more women to participate in Chess. As you have seen women participation has been very poor.
“So we want to come up with some strategies to encourage more women to take part in Chess.
We will therefore, meet over the next week or so to look at this issue holistically and do the needful as advised by the mother body.”