Sports News Africa – The long awaited Athletics Kenya (AK) elections will be held on February 20th under a new constitution. AK chairman Isaiah Kiplagat said it’s all systems go after the local governing athletics body’s membership registration deadline ended on Monday.
The elections which were supposed to be held in December last year were pushed to February after the registration period was extended to January this year. Kiplagat said the returns of the registration will be compiled and filed to the AK national executive committee in the next seven days.
“From there we shall print copies of the new constitution which will be distributed to all our affiliates in the next two weeks thereafter before the polls are held,” he said. The chairman said 12 regions and four affiliates of AK will participate in the elections where he is expected to defend his position.
Offices within the executive committee shall be as follows: chairman, senior vice chairman, two vice chairmen, (non-voting) secretary general, assistant secretary, treasurer, assistant treasurer and public relations officer. Others are IAAF Council member, immediate past chairman, six co-opted members and athletes’ representatives.
In the constitution an advisory committee has been provided for. Any member who is suspended or expelled by the federation shall also cease to be a member of the International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF). Officials shall hold office for a term of four years, but shall be eligible for re-election if they meet such criteria. With the scraping of the post of the secretary general the current holder of the post David Okeyo is expected to gun for the vice chairman’s post.
According to the new constitution the secretary general and his deputy shall be employees of the association answerable to the AK board. The constitution has other very drastic measures in the document designed to give more powers to the chairman. The Chairman shall preside over all meetings of the AGM, the executive and those committees of which he or she is appointed chairperson, and will represent the federation in all dealings and meetings with the IAAF, the National Olympic Committee and other political bodies and organisations. He/she will also, in close co-operation with the executive, be responsible for the oversight of the operations of the federation’s office and, where appropriate, take such measures as he or she considers necessary for the proper administration of the federation.
Anybody who is registered as an athletes’ representative, his/her agent or a known sub-agent or manager shall not be eligible to seek elective or non-elective office in Athletics Kenya.