Switzerland: FIFA confirms 7 candidates for presidential election

Geneva, Switzerland (PANA) - FIFA’s member associations have proposed seven candidates for the presidential election to take place at the Extraordinary FIFA Congress in Zurich on 26 February 2016 to replace Sepp Blatter.

A statement on the website of FIFA on Wednesday named them as two African candidates - former anti-apartheid campaigner and Nelson Mandela ally, Tokyo Sexwale and President of the Liberia Football Association, Musa Bility.

The rest are UEFA President Michel Platini; Prince Ali bin Hussein of Jordan, who previously ran against Blatter; Salman Bin Ibrahim Al-Khalifa, President of the Asian Football Confederation; Jérôme Champagne, former executive at FIFA and Gianni Infantino, UEFA General Secretary.

PANA reports that David Nakhid, former Trinidad and Tobago captain, who also beat the 26 October deadline to submit his entries, is not included in the confirmed candidates.

The FIFA statement said: "Given that Michel Platini is currently provisionally banned from taking part in any football-related activity, his candidature will not be processed by the Ad-hoc Electoral Committee as long as such ban is valid and in force. Should such a ban be lifted or expire before the FIFA presidential election, the Ad-hoc Electoral Committee would decide, depending on the respective exact point in time, on how to proceed with the candidature concerned."

The statement said for the other proposed candidates, the Ad-hoc Electoral Committee would now assess the candidatures, in line with the Electoral Regulations for the FIFA Presidency.

It said: "In accordance with article 8 par. 1(e) of the Electoral Regulations, the Ad-hoc Electoral Committee has passed the candidature dossiers to the investigatory chamber of the independent Ethics Committee to carry out integrity checks, as stipulated in the regulations. The investigatory chamber will – as a result of this integrity check – deliver comprehensive documentation on each candidate, but it will not give any recommendation as to whether or not a candidate may run for the FIFA presidency."

Upon receipt of the results of the integrity checks, the Ad-hoc Electoral Committee will reconvene in order to review the submissions and validate their compliance with the applicable FIFA regulatory provisions.

It said following this process, the Ad-hoc Electoral Committee would formally admit and declare the candidates who are eligible to stand for the office of FIFA President.
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28 october 2015 10:56:39

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