Changes on the anvil in nomination process

Published: Thursday, November 24, 2005, 23:53 [IST]
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Chennai:T N Krishnamurthy, the Special Observer appointed by the Supreme Court to oversee BCCI elections, today indicated that certain changes would be made in the nomination process.

The indication came after representatives of 13 units affiliated to the Indian Cricket Board met the former Chief Election Commissioner to apprise him of their concerns about the BCCI polls to be held on November 29 and 30.

A communication to this effect would be sent to all member associations tomorrow.

"This is being done with a view to make the elections fair and transparent," Krishnamurthy said.

With barely six days to go for elections, Krishnamurthy has been flooded by objections from the two rivals factions in the BCCI.

One of the supoporting Units of Sharad Pawar, Vidarbha Cricket Association, has questioned the election process itself, while Punjab, Rajasthan, Rajkot, Himachal Pradesh, Uttar Pradesh and Tamil Nadu cricket associations have also raised certain issues, according to Board sources.

The VCA has asked Krishnamurthy as to how the nominations could be filed by candidates on the same day when the Units have been asked to submit their voters names by November 27.

It said that if a voter, who proposes or seconds a nomination, was disqualified, the candidate should also stand invalidated.

VCA has also suggested that nominations be asked only after the voters' list is made public.

It further pointed out that for 75 years, the nominations were made on the floor of the house in the BCCI elections and that it should be continued.

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