AIBA reject PBF elections; decide to form ad hoc commission to hold fresh elections

By our correspondent

KARACHI: Showing dissatisfaction over the electoral procedure and some other matters the world boxing governing body (AIBA) have rejected the elections of the Pakistan Boxing Federation (PBF) held in January.

In a letter to the PBF chief Khalid Mehmood and Jehangir Riaz, which AIBA says heads a parallel body, AIBA has asked both the bodies to nominate jointly two members for ad hoc commission within 15 days.

“I contact you regarding the elections in the Pakistan Boxing Federation (the “PBF”) held on
January 24, 2021. On this issue AIBA have carefully examined all relevant information provided from the side of Mr Muhammad Khalid Mahmood in his correspondence Ref. no. PBF- 027/GCM/125 as of February 03, 2021 along with attached annexes, as well as the relevant information provided from the side of Mr Muhammad Jahangir Riaz in his correspondence as of February 02, 2021 along with attached annexes,” AIBA letter said.
“Based on the information available to AIBA, on January 24, 2021 there were two different
meetings of the General Council consisted of two different groups allegedly representing members
of the federation. As a result of these meetings, two different groups of the PBF Officials were
elected, in particular in one group Mr Muhammad Khalid Mahmood was elected as President,
whereas Mr Muhammad Jahangir Riaz was elected as President in the second group. Moreover,
both groups consider themselves as an eligible administration of the PBF and submit their
applications to participate in the AIBA competitions,” it added.
“It appears that two boxing federations de facto exist and operate in Pakistan. However, according
to Article 7.2 of the AIBA Constitution, “[t]here may only be one National Federation from any
one country”. Based on the documents provided by the parties, AIBA has noticed the schedule of the main
significant events within the elections: • the date of the elections was communicated by the PBF on January 02, 2021;
• the deadline to nominate the candidates was set on January 17, 2021; • a notification of rejected candidates was made on January 20, 2021; • an appeal from rejected candidates had to be submitted on January 20, 2021;
• elections were held on January 22, 2021. These time frames of the electoral process do not allow to conclude that the elections were conducted in accordance with generally recognized democratic and good governance principles.
In particular, there was reasonably not enough time for the members to nominate candidates and
for the candidates to appeal against rejection of their registration, which actually could lead to the
absence of alternative candidates at the elections,” the letter said.
“In addition, AIBA has noticed an administrative barrier in the PBF to nominate the candidates for
the elections, e.g., in article XIV (6) it is stipulated that “office bearers shall be elected from
amongst the authorized representative of member units or the other persons eligible to attend the
General Council Meeting”. On this basis some candidates were not allowed to participate in the
elections because they were not nominated by any PBF member to represent in the General
Council Meeting. AIBA believes this regulatory norm is excessive because it clearly restricts the
right of the PBF members to nominate candidates from those who have not participated in the
General Council Meeting as delegates. This restriction also contradicts democratic principles of
the elections.” “Considering the above, prima facie, PBF is found in breach of article 11.1 (e) of the AIBA
Constitution, according to which each National Federation is obliged to “democratically elect or
appoint its officers and executive body in accordance with its constitution and generally
recognized democratic and good governance principles”.
“Due to the mentioned circumstances, AIBA do not recognize both elections in the PBF which were
held on January 24, 2021. Therefore, AIBA considers there are no valid governing bodies at the
PBF, including President and the Executive Committee. Hereby AIBA respectfully requests the PBF to hold new elections under the control of AIBA and with the participation of an AIBA observer within 3 (three) months upon receipt of this
correspondence, otherwise, a notice of serious breach of the AIBA Constitution committed by the PBF will be submitted to the Board, in result of which the Board will be entitled to apply suspension from membership in accordance with article 13 of the AIBA Constitution. AIBA offers to establish an ad hoc commission of the PBF with the mandate to hold new elections of the governing bodies, and both parties (i.e. a party of Mr Muhammad Khalid Mahmood and a party of Mr Muhammad Jahangir Riaz) hereby are kindly requested jointly nominate two members
of this ad hoc commission within 15 days upon receipt of this correspondence, whereas the chair will be appointed by AIBA. Should the parties fail to nominate jointly two members to the ad-hock commission, AIBA will do it without further consultations with the parties. Please note that the members of the ad hoc commission shall not participate in the new elections. Any issues related to the participation of the Pakistan boxers in the AIBA competitions will be
decided by the AIBA Competitions Committee,” the letter said.

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