ZIFA Bulawayo Province has opened nominations for elections which will take place in January next year with application fees pegged at $50 for the form.
Elections were meant to be held sometime this month, but the dates were changed to January 18 and 19 for the women’s provincial league and January 25 and 26 for the men’s provincial league.
Zifa Bulawayo Province secretary Washington Chimanda said they were yet to receive the nomination forms.
“Nominations were open from the December 17 although we have not received the nomination forms yet. There are two forms, the nomination and application forms.
“The applicant will have to pay $50 for the application form,” he said. Chimanda said they were still awaiting communication from the mother body on the new fees for the nomination forms.
Initially Zifa had pegged provincial elections at $1 000.
“We are still to be advised on the new fees for the nomination forms. The Sport and Recreation Commission (SRC) said they would review the fees,” he said.
There was an outcry after Zifa released the nomination fees for the elections which were pegged from about $500 to $10 000.
Area nomination fees were pegged at $100, with the provincial candidate having to pay $1 000, $1 500 for the regional fees, while the Zimbabwe women’s football, beach soccer and five-a-side association were to pay $2 500 while the Castle Lager Premier Soccer League (PSL) candidates had to fork out $5 000.
The biggest shocker was the Zifa presidency whose nomination fees were pegged at $10 000 — a huge leap from the $500 of 2010. In 2010, the SRC had to intervene again to have Zifa slash their nomination fees and they were reduced to between $50 and $500.
Chimanda said they had postponed elections for the area zones which were meant to be held on Saturday.