Calling on the International Olympic Committee (IOC) to stop Abhay Singh Chautala and Lalit Bhanot from being part of the Indian Olympic Association (IOA’s) Electoral College, Clean Sports India (CSI) has told the IOC that given the “anomalies”, the polls could end up being challenged in courts in Delhi.

In a letter to IOC Director Pere Miro, CSI said there are “certain apparent anomalies” in the polls to be conducted on Sunday.

“We are given to understand that the Returning Officer has not collected all the nomination forms directly from the contesting candidates or their representatives. It is being alleged that few powerful people collected signed nominations forms from various contesting candidates and handed over them to Returning Officer after adjusting candidates of respective groups,” CSI president Ashiwni Nachappa said in the letter.

“This is not a transparent way of genuine nomination process in free and fair election process. Every person in the Electoral College should have the right to contest without fear and in open process.

“In this context, please enquire from the Returning Officer about process he adopted in collection of nomination forms from all the contesting candidates. You can also ask some other members of Electoral College whose forms seems have been collected by some people but not reached the Returning Officer,” she added.

Chautala and Bhanot have been both barred from contesting polls but they are nonetheless part of the Electoral College and have voting rights. While Chautala is representing the Athletics Federation of India, Bhanot will be representing the Delhi Olympic Association.

“According to amended constitution of IOA, any person charged with an offense should not contest elections. But the names of Abhay Chautala and Bhanot, who are charged by the courts, are still on the Electoral College,” she pointed out.

“You should look in to a question whether such persons can remain in the list of Electoral College to participate in election process,” Nachappa added.

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