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CAF Election: Voting Begins With South Africa



Voting is underway at the Plenary Hall of AU in Addis Ababa as delegates vote the 2017-2012 Cycle of the CAF Executive Committee and representatives of Africa in FIFA Council.

Voting is in alphabetical order. It began with South Africa voting first as CAF’s first language is French and the official name of South Africa in CAF’s register is Afrique de Sud.

It will be followed by Algeria and Angola while Zambia will be the last to vote. The on-going poll is for the position of president, being contested for by the out-going president, Issa Hayatou of Cameroon and challenger, Ahmad of Madagascar.

After that, the other elections follow. Voting is moving very fast as under 10 minutes, it had reached alphabet E with Egypt voting.

Voting is done in a glass cubicle. Each voter goes in to cast his vote. In accordance with Article 18(1) of CAF Statutes, it is done by secret ballot. It will therefore not be possible to know who Amaju Pinnick of Nigeria voted for.


He has been under severe pressure to vote for Issa Hayatou. He cast his vote at 11:58am Nigerian time.



Kunle Solaja is the author of landmark books on sports and journalism as well as being a multiple award-winning journalist and editor of long standing. He is easily Nigeria’s foremost soccer diarist and Africa's most capped FIFA World Cup journalist, having attended all FIFA World Cup finals from Italia ’90 to Qatar 2022. He was honoured at the Qatar 2022 World Cup by FIFA and AIPS.

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