Comrades get to vote again

2012-11-16 00:00

THE Comrades Marathon Association has changed its tune dramatically after chairperson Dave Dixon confirmed yesterday that a re-election of the board will now take place.

This follows a decision to hold a special general meeting on December 5 after last month’s AGM was considered by many CMA members to be unconstitutional, with allegations of racism, sexism and voting outside of constitutional laws leaving the association in disarray.

With two members, Steve Mkasi and Mac Chitja, stepping down off the board following last month’s butchered AGM, Dixon had responded by stating that whether or not a re-election would take place was “yet to be decided”.

But the chairperson, currently serving in his third term, confirmed to The Witness yesterday that the December 5 meeting, set to be held at Scottsville Primary, would see the election process repeated within the prescribes of the association’s constitution.

This will mean that only existing CMA members who had paid their membership fees before January 31, or May 31 in the case of new members, will be eligible to vote — something that was not adhered to at the initial AGM.

“We are the custodians of the Comrades name, brand and image and need to follow mechanisms for sustainability and credibility,” Dixon said. “Concern was raised after the AGM and the association has acknowledged this and initiated an action plan to remedy these faults.”

But while Dixon ensures that the December 5 voting process will be fair, Mkasi still has his reservations.

“We as the current board as such, agreed to have this meeting and start the election process from scratch. From what I read into this, it is a re-election of what is already there,” he said. “Why should time and money be wasted to do this? Currently I serve on an illegitimate board and all I ask is for the whole procedure to be done according to the law, as laid out in the constitution. If this is done, I have no qualms with the end result.”

Mkasi added that he had instructed his attorneys to send a letter to the CMA, stating he objects to the notice of the meeting which has been circulated. “There is a distinct difference between a re-election and an election. We agreed on an election and the notice is not what was originally proposed when the board met after the AGM. People are bargaining with the constitution and it’s not in the spirit of sport,” he said.

Dixon said he was unaware of such a letter and action being taken and could not comment on the matter.

The December 5 meeting will take place at 6 pm and only CMA members who attend the meeting will be able to engage in the nominating, seconding and voting process.

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