Jordan’s Prince Ali calls for FIFA presidential vote to become suspended

FIFA presidential candidate Prince Ali bin al Hussein is asking for Friday’s election to be suspended right after his request for the use of transparent voting booths was rejected.

The Jordanian prince’s lawyers stated Tuesday they are in search of “provisional measures” from the Court of Arbitration for Sport to postpone the vote to choose Sepp Blatter’s successor.

CAS mentioned it received a request from Prince Ali, asking the court to direct FIFA’s election monitoring panel to work with transparent voting booths and independent scrutineers “in order to safeguard the integrity in the voting procedure and to make sure the vote is conducted in secret.”

The prince’s campaign team has supplied to provide the transparent booths.

CAS said FIFA has been asked to submit written answers for the prince’s request. CAS said it would challenge a ruling no later than Thursday morning, per day ahead with the scheduled election.

Prince Ali’s lawyers stated inside a statement that the FIFA’s rejection of his request for transparent voting booths would deny “any appropriate to a fair and transparent voting method.”

The lawyers, Francis Szpiner and Renaud Semerdjian, stated FIFA was only requesting that voters leave their mobile phones behind after they visit the voting booths.

“This request isn’t sufficient,” the statement said. “FIFA remains silent upon the measures to enforce it and sanctions linked with it.”

FIFA turned down a demand to get a fast-track hearing on Prince Ali’s request, the lawyers said.

“This behaviour bears no rationale besides denying any suitable to a fair and transparent voting procedure,” the statement said. “As a consequence, we are now seeking provisional measures just before CAS to suspend the coming election.”

Ali is certainly one of five candidates in the race, together with Sheikh Salman of Bahrain, UEFA common secretary Gianni Infantino, South Africa’s Tokyo Sexwale and former FIFA executive Jerome Champagne of France.

Champagne also had a complaint rejected Tuesday against a choice by the three-member FIFA election panel.

On Monday, he objected just after FIFA approved election hall passes for 20 more UEFA employees and seven from the AFC. Champagne stated that gave the confederations an unfair advantage with greater lobbying power.