Sir Philip Craven will step-down as IPC President shortly before the IPC election ©Getty Images

International Paralympic Committee (IPC) President Sir Philip Craven "doesn't know" if he will be able to vote for the host of the 2024 Summer Olympic and Paralympic Games in September as the process to elect his successor opened.

A nominations process for all IPC Governing Board positions for the next four years has been opened today six months before an election scheduled for the General Assembly in Abu Dhabi on September 7 and 8.

This will take place just five days before the September 13 election for the host city of the 2024 Games, a two-horse race between Los Angeles and Paris.

As the Briton is an IOC member purely due to holding the IPC headship, Sir Philip would be expected to automatically cease his IOC role as soon as he stops being President.

There is no chance of any new IPC representative being added before the IOC Session; meaning that there is likely to be no IPC official there holding a vote.

The only possibility for allowing him to vote would come if his replacement had not been officially inaugurated into the new role in time.

The IOC have not yet confirmed either way exactly when Sir Philip will cease to be a voting member.

"I don't know [if I will have a vote]," Sir Philip, ineligible to stand again for IPC President due to exceeding term limits, said.

"Discussions will have to take place."

September's election in Abu Dhabi will mark the election of just the third IPC President in the organisation's 28-year history.

Canadian Robert Steadward led from 1989 to 2001 before Sir Philip ruled for the last 16 years.

Brazil's IPC vice-president Andrew Parsons is one possible contender for the Presidency ©Getty Images
Brazil's IPC vice-president Andrew Parsons is one possible contender for the Presidency ©Getty Images

A new vice-president and 10 new members-at-large will also be chosen. 

Only IPC members in "good standing" can nominate individuals to be considered for election, a statement said.

Each member can nominate only one person per position: President, vice-president and member-at-large.

Nominations will close on June 7 before all candidates are "reviewed against the criteria and conditions for nominations in accordance with the IPC rules and regulations".

A clear favourite to replace Sir Philip has not yet emerged but Brazil's Andrew Parsons - the current vice-president - is one possible contender.

"September’s elections promise to be a landmark occasion for the whole Paralympic Movement as we are guaranteed a new President for the first time since 2001," IPC chief executive Xavier Gonzalez said.

"Since the IPC was created in 1989 we have only ever had two Presidents, Dr. Bob Steadward and Sir Philip. 

"It is fair to say that the IPC and the Paralympic Movement is unrecognisable from what it was when Sir Philip took over in 2001 and from September the new President, together with the new Governing Board, will look to continue this fantastic progress.

"In calling for nominations from our membership we have also highlighted to them that the IPC Governing Board has established the aim to increase the representation of women to 50 per cent of all offices in all IPC decision-making structures.

"We hope to see the IPC Diversity Policy reflected in the composition of the new IPC Governing Board that will be elected on September 8. 

"Reaching this aim is, however, a collective responsibility of the IPC Membership and we therefore encourage members to take this into consideration when nominating individuals for election to the IPC Governing Board."