The Ad-hoc Electoral Committee of FIFA on November 9 declared five contestants as eligible to be elected into the office of FIFA President; the five persons are –
- HRH Prince Ali Al Hussein
- Sheikh Salman Bin Ebrahim Al Khalifa
- Jerome Champagne
- Gianni Infantino
- Tokyo Sexwale
The five contestants will stand for election on February 26, 2016, at the Extraordinary FIFA Congress in Zurich, Switzerland.
According to FIFA’s Electoral Regulations and the FIFA Organization Regulations, the Ethics Committee of FIFA must run integrity checks on individual candidate before they become eligible to stand election into the office of the president.
The integrity check is two-fold. The committee investigates security reports and issues of risk about every candidate, and these include corporate records, litigation cases, bankruptcy proceedings, potential regulatory actions taken against the candidate and a review of media reports concerning potential red flags – fraudulent behavior, match manipulation, and human rights violations.
Each contestant is given the opportunity to respond to the issues raised in the investigations.
Then the second aspect of the screening includes analyzing the security or risk reports against the responses of the contestants. The contestants are then screened against the requirements outlined for the presidency in the FIFA Statutes and Regulations.
Contestant Musa Hassan Bility was not considered eligible for contesting because of certain integrity check reports about him. The content of this risk report was not made available, but they were detailed out to him to respond to, and they must have been slightly damaging to make the Ad-hoc Electoral Committee disqualify the candidature of Bility.
Bility or any other candidate disqualified by the committee on the basis of eligibility has the right to appeal the disqualification at the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) in Lausanne.
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However, the committee will continue to evaluate the election process – events leading up to the elections and during the event to ensure that all contestants adhered to the rules ahead of the Extraordinary FIFA Congress election in February.