CONFUSION reigned yesterday as the nomination announcement for the Malaysian Athletic Union's (MAU) Sept 23 election was postponed following the discovery of conflicting provisions in the amended constitution.
Returning officer T. Kumar did not want to open the envelopes containing the nomination forms of the 15 affiliates until the errant provisions were removed or amended.
Kumar cited the old article 8.4.4 which called for staggered yearly elections, which had not been removed, was in conflict with the new article 8.6.7 which provides for the election of office bearers every two years.
To compound matters, article 8.7.2, also new, said elections should be held triennially, leaving Kumar with no choice but to decline opening the nomination forms, claiming the whole procedure was flawed.
Kumar advised MAU to refer the matter back to Sport Commissioner Datuk Yassin Salleh, who approved MAU's new constitution, for review.
MAU vice-president Datuk R. Annamalai insisted the election will go ahead on Sept 23 but will meet Yassin on Tuesday to resolve the matter.
"We had agreed to do away with the staggered elections in our council meetings and have biennial elections. We will meet the Sports Commissioner on Tuesday and hope to reveal the nominations on Wednesday," he said.
Asked how it was that MAU had not realised the conflicting provisions, Annamalai said: "It was overlooked by our lawyer." By Devinder Singh