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PLE AMENDING ITS CONSTITUTION

By Sibusiso Masilela | 2020-03-26

SOCCER - THE Premier League of Eswatini is in the process of amending its constitution before their next annual general meeting between July and August.

A source close to the matter revealed that the move was aimed at increasing the pool of candidates for the chairmanship position.  

“There is a move to amend the constitution so that more candidates can  stand for the chairmanship position.

 For now only four candidates qualify for the chairmanship position and they want to increase the pool of candidates. The new constitution will also create a new executive position of the vice-chairman,” said the source.

It is said that the constitution would be amended before the elections in order to give the other two members or more a chance to stand for same.

Worth noting is that the PLE Constitutional Review Commission has reportedly not submitted the proposed amended document to the PLE executive committee.

“The exercise has been stalled due to the fact that all football activities were suspended in the country. After the amendments, they will then take the constitution to the Eswatini Football Association for approval before it is adopted.”

PLE Chief Operations Officer Pat Vilakati said the amendment of the constitution proposal was not yet ready for public consumption.

“The amended constitution is not yet ready for public consumption since it is still to be discussed by the PLE board of governors,” he said.

The new document will allow other candidates to join the current four members who qualify for the chairmanship position and these are in Peter ‘Touch’ Magagula, Sicelo Mkhonta, Mark Carmichael and Steve Horton. 

They have served for more than three years in the PLE executive committee, which makes them eligible to stand for the elections.   The other two members in Mashumi Shongwe and Bongani ‘Bhanyaza’ Mdluli are both ineligible to stand for the elections as they do not meet the PLE constitutional requirements. Only the amendment of the constitution will see them qualify. Shongwe and Mdluli replaced former members in Mduduzi ‘Tsotsi’ Mabila and Steve Horton during the organisation’s previous annual general meeting (AGM) held at Sigwaca House.

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