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'Absurd' FIA rules may stop election contest, Ward warns

“In standing as a candidate in the 2013 election my purpose has been to encourage debate about the need for further reforms in the FIA. I believe there are serious flaws in the FIA's governance system. In this letter I have highlighted major deficiencies in the presidential election process. There are other equally serious problems, for example, regarding the transparency and adequacy of the FIA's financial accounts, and with the Senate's supervisory role which is not being carried out as envisaged by the FIA Statutes.

“The FIA deserves better than this. The FIA membership should not turn a blind eye to abuse of the FIA election system or tolerate deficient governance provisions in the sport that are not accepted in the mobility pillar. The FIA is a family of clubs from sport and mobility that should be subject to the same rules and standards of governance.

“Regardless of who you support in the election, I respectfully propose that your club now calls for reforms to the FIA governance system to ensure that it is fit for purpose. Jean Todt has not yet published any manifesto, so clubs can still encourage him to adopt the reforms I have proposed. Today regrettably the FIA is falling below best practice in standards of governance and that should be a serious concern to your club. This year's election is an opportunity for change to build a better FIA.”




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