Former chief election commissioner appointed to oversee BCCI elections

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The BCCI’s Committee of Directors has appointed the previous Chief Election Commissioner (CEC) of India, N Gopalaswami, to take cost of the board’s upcoming elections. He has been named electoral officer for the method, which is ready to conclude with the polling on October 22.

Gopalaswami had labored as CEC between 2006 and 2009.

The BCCI is ready for elections after a chronic tussle over the implementation of the Lodha Committee’s reforms, which was a part of the fallout of the 2013 IPL corruption scandal. Whereas the BCCI and its members – the state associations – wrangled over which Lodha suggestions to implement and in what kind, the court docket had appointed a Committee of Directors (CoA) to supervise the operating of the Indian board in early 2017. The CoA supervised the BCCI for almost 30 months earlier than it introduced in Might that the board was able to go forward with elections.

Gopalaswami will carry out his function as electoral officer for the BCCI out of the board’s headquarters in Mumbai. He has until June 30 to organize the electoral protocol for the elections, in session with the CoA, and talk it to the state associations. Then, within the subsequent step of the method, the states might want to appoint electoral officers of their very own and maintain their elections by September 14 on the newest. The states will then ship the BCCI their listing of representatives, and the listing of candidates for the BCCI’s election will have to be finalised by September 30.

It stays to be seen which of the present lot of office-bearers on the state and BCCI ranges are eligible to contest the elections, given the cap on variety of years in workplace and cooling-off interval launched by the Lodha Committee. As per the brand new guidelines, an office-bearer can work for 18 years so long as the cooling-off interval of three years, which comes into play after two consecutive phrases of three years every, is exercised.

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