makhosini hlongwane.jpgThe Minister of Sport and Recreation Makhosini Hlongwane has called for candidates to exhibit sportsmanship behaviour ahead of the Zimbabwe Olympic Committee (ZOC) elections slated for this Sunday.

The ZOC elections which will be held this Sunday have stirred controversy amid concern over the privilege given to ZOC board members who have a vote at elections they will also be contesting in.

Minister Hlongwane on Monday (yesterday) invited contesting candidates in attempts to create a conflict free environment.

The Sports Minister said while there may be disagreements in the run up to the ZOC elections candidates need to desist from tarnishing the image of sport and seek to convince the electorate by articulating what they have to offer.

His remarks follow concern raised over the legitimacy of board members being handed with the right to vote, an area being challenged by some contesting candidates.

The ZOC election process has also been criticised due to the absence of an independent electoral committee which is not provided for in the current constitution.

Admire Masenda is vying for re-election as ZOC president a position also being contested by Joe Rugwete and Charles Mukaronda.

Two vice president posts and board member positions will also be contested this Sunday.