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Kenya football boss slams new voting plan

By Matthew Kenyon

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Kenyan football has suffered damaging splits for many years

The chairman of Football Kenya Limited (FKL) has condemned plans to change the voting system ahead of an election for his post.

Instead of a small group of delegates appointed by regional bodies, each club affiliated to FKL will now have a vote.

The change will expand the electorate from a few hundred delegates to several thousand.

"It will be a violation of FKL's constitution, it's not possible," Mohamed Hatmy told the BBC.

"We will appeal to Fifa [football's world governing body] to oppose the voting system directly through clubs - our members are branches not clubs and Fifa will also be going against its own statutes."

The idea has been proposed by Kenya's Independent Electoral Board (IEB), which is overseeing the poll.

The IEB says Fifa has agreed to the change, although there is a dispute about how many votes each club should have.

The election, which is scheduled to take place later this month, is designed to end a damaging split within Kenyan football, which has seen two rival governing bodies claiming authority over the game.

FKL is recognised by Fifa, but officials from the rival Kenya Football Federation (KFF) are also eligible to stand in the poll.

Hatmy suggested that FKL would refuse to accept the election if the changes go ahead.

"If they want to use the clubs voting system then the elections cannot be held under the auspices of FKL," he said.

Hatmy is expected to be challenged for his role by Sam Nyamweya, the head of the KFF, and by a number of other contenders.

Additional reporting by John Nene in Nairobi.

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see also
Kenya clubs given voting rights
05 Apr 11 |  African
Fifa appoints Kenya committee
23 Dec 10 |  African
Kenya set for football elections
20 Dec 10 |  African
Kenya football dispute resolved
27 Apr 10 |  African
New body for Kenya football
09 Jul 04 |  African
Kenya's football crisis deepens
18 Feb 03 |  Africa

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