India’s former chief election commissioner to oversee IOA elections

Thursday, 25 October 2012
By Tom Degun

S Y_Quraishi_25-10-12October 25 - S Y Quraishi, the former chief election commissioner of India, will head the three-member committee that will oversee the Indian Olympic Association (IOA) elections next month where a successor will be named to President Suresh Kalmadi.

The elections on November 25 have been a key talking point in India for some time, while the issue took an unexpected turn earlier this month when the controversial Kalmadi revealed last week that he will not be seeking re-election to the position.

The 68-year-old former chairman of the Delhi 2010 Commonwealth Games has served as IOA President for 16 years after first being elected in 1996.

But he was temporarily replaced by Vijay Kumar Malhotra after he was arrested in April 2011 and kept in prison for 10 months for corruption charges linked to Delhi 2010.

With Kalmadi disposed, IOA acting President Malhotra was tasked with forming the three-member committee, which Quraishi (pictured top) will lead.

The 65-year-old, who has also served as a Secretary in the Ministry of Youth Affairs and Sports, is joined on the committee by retired Chief Justice of Kerala High Court Justice V K Bali and retired Justice of Delhi High Court Justice J D Kapur.

The move comes after the International Olympic Committee (IOC) informed the IOA it  must have a fair and transparent election.

"As per the mandate of IOA's special general body meeting, I have formed the panel to conduct the elections in fair and transparent manner," said Malhotra.

Randhir SinghRandhir Singh made an early gaffe in his bid to become the next IOA President

With Kalmadi out of the race, the contest for President looks set to be between Indian Boxing Federation chairman Abhay Chautala and the current IOA secretary general Randhir Singh.

However, Chautala appears to have taken an early lead after Singh, India's only current IOC member, made a gaffe in a public letter sent out to IOA members.

In his letter, Singh put he will have one vote "with a value of two votes" at the election.

However, he has since apologised and corrected the error.

"It was a typing mistake in the letter," he claimed.

"We have already released another letter rectifying the mistake.

"It has been sent to all members."

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