'Stop Bhanot, Chautala from voting'

Calling on the International Olympic Committee to stop Abhay Singh Chautala and Lalit Bhanot from being part of the IOA’s Electoral College, Clean Sports India (CSI) has told the IOC that given the “anomalies”, the polls could end up being challenged in courts here.

In a letter to IOC Director Pere Miro, CSI, an organisation which is fighting corruption in sports, said there are “certain apparent anomalies” in the polls to be conducted on Sunday.

“We are given to understand that the Returning Officer has not collected all the nomination forms directly from the contesting candidates or their representatives. It is being alleged that few powerful people collected signed nominations forms from various contesting candidates and handed over them to Returning Officer after adjusting candidates of respective groups,” CSI President Ashiwni Nachappa said in the letter.

“This is not a transparent way of genuine nomination process in free and fair election process. Every person in the Electoral College should have the right to contest without fear and in open process.

“In this context, please enquire from the Returning Officer about process he adopted in collection of Nomination Forms from all the contesting candidates.”

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