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Wednesday, November 09, 2005

And finally...

...the board elections are on. On Target=Top>November 29, to be specific.
It would be brilliant if the board conducted what is essentially a democratic exercise the way such things are meant to be run. To wit: (1) Three weeks befor the election, mandate that all candidates have to submit pro forma their applications for the posts they intend to stand for. (2) At least two weeks before the election, have the nominations of candidates scrutinized per constitutional provisions (publicising the constitution might be a good start actually). (3) At least ten days ahead of election date, finish scrutinising, and publishing, the list of eligible voters (come on, there's just 30 of them, how long does that take?). (4) Identify the substitutes -- thus, if say the president of any particular association cannot for legit reasons make it on the day, who can vote in his stead? (5) On the date, ensure that all eligible voters are present, have proper credentials, and vote.
No-brainers, all of them; do these things, and you won't need observers, and all other paraphernalia. Yet the fact is that for years now, every single BCCI election has been marred by queries on eligibility; every election has seen voters being 'disqualified' on election day; this in turn has led to the inevitable court cases, accusations and counters, and needless, unedifying drama.
You would hope this time will be different -- but if you are a betting man, stand by for more of the same. Last minute challenges to a voter's eligibility, confusion, drama, court suits and, at the end of it all, a fractured administration.
Why -- when it is easier and simpler to do it the right way? Simple -- none of the contenders is comfortable with a properly run election, is why; order is anathema for those who hope to make political hay out of chaos and confusion.


  • On the same topic, Rajan Bala, says, there should eligibility criteria.


    If they apply logic, Lalu, Pawar or Jaggu will not be eligible.

    By Blogger Rajg, at 12:25  

  • order from BCCI what a joke ??

    We have just finalised iternary sri lakna series ( test seris mercifully but don't be surprised if this should happen while the series is ongoing

    By Blogger Amit, at 12:35  

  • Premji...democracy in BCCI is a duble edged sword as in the US... what we need is benevolent dictator... may be Saurav can start planning..

    By Blogger ravi J, at 12:48  

  • Prem,
    I am perplexed as always over these BCCI episodes,curious why can't a higher sports body/govt body take over this BCCI and hand it over to a private body? I am sure they would get the fans and media support?
    Any thoughts or post you/harsha can on this, would they be heard?

    By Blogger Sree, at 18:34  

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