US News FIA Presidential election: Ethics Commission warns ballots photos

15:40  10 november  2021
15:40  10 november  2021 Source:   motorsport-total.com

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The Ethics Committee of the International Automobile Federation FIA has the candidate for the presidential election warned undue pressure on exercise the electorate. Specifically, it was warned to urge voters to send photos of their completed ballots to prove it, for when they voted.

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ago the hot phase of the election campaign representatives of the Association drives obviously concerned about that competing bearings could deliver not only by fair means this. Francois Bellanger, president of the Ethics Committee of the FIA, looked for this reason caused a letter to all FIA members to send, which was also published on the website of the International Automobile Federation.

There Bellanger points out how important it is that "the highest standards of leadership, integrity and democracy" are complied with, in the presidential election, "which are defined in our statutes."

He adds: "In this regard, it is our duty to ensure that everyone who is involved in the election campaign and on election procedures, follow the procedures specified in the FIA ​​Code of Ethics standards of conduct."

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To ensure that these standards are maintained in the election on 17 December, Bellanger has warned that the FIA ​​member clubs are set by lobbying within the FIA ​​or by third parties such as local or foreign governments under undue political pressure because of a candidate to support.

violations of the code of ethics should be reported

Interestingly, he also indicated that voters may have been asked to prove that they have supported a particular candidate by sending in photos of their ballot. In response to a question that came up to such practices, writes Bellanger: "Lobbying and support are legitimate practices but potentially controversial." exercise

"political pressure or any other form of pressure on a FIA member to its voting influence in the presidential elections, would constitute a breach of the fundamental principles of the FIA. It would be an even more serious violation, if such pressure include the invitation would that a FIA member a photographic proof of the votes he presents. "

"It has been reported that this could be the case with the FIA, which would be a serious matter for the entire FIA ​​community," it said.

Bellanger proposes three activities, which are considered a violation of the election rules: The Threat of voters who do not support a particular candidate, offering rewards for voters who support a particular candidate, and the call to voters, their completed photographing ballots in voting.

The FIA ​​Ethics Commission every FIA member who has knowledge of such infringements asked, to report them to the governing body. If you suspect that something is rotten, the Commission will initiate an investigation.

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