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Ward charges Todt with unethical conduct in election row

Sep 10, 2013, 12:46 PM EST

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A row is brewing over the forthcoming FIA president election.

Current president Jean Todt is standing for re-election but challenger David Ward claims his rival has abused his position to curry favor with the motor sport clubs who nominate the candidates.

Ward’s website accused Todt of “using FIA resources to try to predetermine the election outcome even before the process had begun”.

“The FIA arranges and pays for meetings around the world, including to discuss how regions will benefit from future FIA activities and resources,” it continued. “It emerges that, at these meetings, a number of clubs have been asked to sign formal written commitments to support Jean Todt’s re-election bid, in the form of ‘support agreements’.”

Ward vowed to challenge Todt’s conduct at the FIA’s Ethics Committee. “Demanding signature of support agreements in these circumstances represents a serious violation of the FIA’s rules, regulations and ethical code,” he said.

“The complaint will enable the Ethics Committee to investigate the legitimacy of these agreements, the circumstances in which signatures were demanded, and whether it is an appropriate use of the FIA’s resources for its staff and management to pursue Mr. Todt’s personal re-election ambitions at official FIA regional meetings.”

Ward announced his candidacy on Friday, promising to “strengthen the effectiveness, transparency, and accountability of the FIA so that it can better serve the interests of its membership”.

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