The Sports Journalists Association of Kenya chairman Chris Mbaisi was elected as the International Sports Press Association (AIPS) Africa vice president.
Mbaisi amassed 19 votes ahead of five other contestants to be elected as one of the four vice presidents during the AIPS Africa Congress in Nairobi on Monday (December 18).
Three other candidates the two incumbents Guinea’s Amadou Dioulde Diallo and Kabulo Nuanna Kabulo from the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) together with Ethiopia’s Yonas Teshome Getaneh tied with 12 votes each in the first round.
Mbaisi and Sudan’s Mufti Mohammed Saeed who managed 15 votes were outright winners and didn’t go to the second round.
During the second round voting, Diallo was re-elected with 18 votes as Getaneh was elevated from the members post by polling 13 as Kabulo was deposed with 12 votes.
Incumbent Cameroon’s Emmanuel Gustave Samnick failed to defend the secretary general’s by losing 13-9 to Ghana’s William Dodzi Ezah.
Angola’s Anthonio Goncalves Ferreira (Angola) and Mohammed Slimane Ganoua (Niger) were elected unopposed for the two deputy secretary general’s posts.
Felix Sohounde Peperipe from Benin dropped his ambitions for the vice chairman’s post by withdrawing to be re-elected unopposed as treasurer.
Senegal’s Abdoulaye Thiam got a soft landing after losing the vice president’s race to be elected as an executive member together with Mali’s Oumar Babba Traore.
The AIPS Africa President Nigeria’s Mitchell Obi and the first Vive President Mourad Moutaoukil from Morocco were elected unopposed.
This was the first ever elective Congress to be held on African soil since the inception of AIPS Africa. The other polls have been held outside the continent.
The Congress unanimously agreed to amend its constitution for an expanded executive committee.
The amendments are meant to make the continental body be all inclusive by ensuring that all the regions and gender are well represented.
The amendments provide for four Vice Presidents drawn from the continent’s regions which have been zoned into North, South, West together with East and Central regions which have been merged to form one zone.
In the other amendment, the delegates passed for two deputy secretary generals posts where one will be in charge of Administration and Membership, and the other in charge of Training, Communication and Marketing.