Urban Music People (UMP) award organisers have disclosed that this year’s voting will use the electoral college system. The award organisers have opened nominations today 13th November 2019.
An electoral college is a set of voters who are selected to elect a candidate to a particular office. Often these represent different organizations, or entities, with each organization or entity represented by a particular number of voters or with votes weighted in a particular way.
In this case, the music electoral colleges will be comprising of media institutions, music festivals, live venues and clubs, college entertainment committees and popular vote.
For the Fashion Awards, the nominees and final winners will be determined by a panel of 5 expert judges and popular vote (through social media).
According to CEO of UMP ken Zizwa Limamwe, each college vote will have equal weight.
“An auditing firm will help to aggregate the results. Nominees will be announced on 30th November,” added Zizwa.
The UMP which clocks ten years since its maiden award ceremony, cancelled the music awards this year opting for fashion awards. However, the organisers added some music categories to the awards to spice it up.
Banker and socialite, Ben Wandawanda will be honoured this year with a fashion icon Award. Last year the UMP honoured wife of the former vice president of Malawi Mary Chilima with a similar accolade.
This year’s UMP Fashion Awards will take place on Saturday 14th December 2019.