A number of contenders to be the next leader of the Muslim Judicial Council (MJC) will go head to head at the organisation’s annual general meeting on Saturday. As the current president, Moulana Ihsaan Hendricks’ second term draws to a close, the MJC will vote for a new president, a new executive, and the five senior positions within the MJC.
The process of nomination took place from 1-7 April 2016, and was subsequently concluded by the official Electoral Committee of the MJC.
Hendricks confirmed that the MJC, in preparation for the elections, publically announced the process of nomination and election.
“The process was conducted with integrity so that no one suffered injustice in the process leading up to the elections,” Hendricks explained.
Hendricks said he does not have the mandate to disclose the names of the nominated candidates, as the list will only be officially released at the AGM. According to the constitution of the MJC, one term as president consists of five years. The constitution further states that no president can serve more than two consecutive terms. This means Hendricks will be stepping down as president of the MJC.
In 2006, the MJC developed the succession policy, which speaks to the position of a former president. The policy stipulates that a president, within the first year after his tenure is complete, is not obligated to take any position within the MJC. After this year has lapsed, the MJC, under a new contract, may request the expertise of the former president.
In a general council meeting that took place two weeks ago, the MJC concluded the Electoral College document, which is officially adopted as a policy of the MJC.
The Electoral College of the MJC speaks to the job definitions and accompanied requirements of individuals who are appointed to the various positions.
Since the former president of the MJC is not eligible for elections, Hendricks will serve on the Electoral College.
“Primary to that are the requirements of candidates and nominees to fulfil the conditions to be elected to the various positions available at the MJC. This includes the position of president, first deputy president, the second deputy president, the secretary general, the treasurer, and the five executive members who serve on the MJC’s executive council.”
“It is important for us to convey to the community that in the MJC we train our leadership to follow the procedures, to respect the constitution, and to adhere to the policies of the MJC,” Hendricks said.