AIFF Elections LIVE: AIFF Elections Returning Officer Rejects Nomination Papers for Two Presidential Candidates

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AIFF Elections LIVE: Amid the uncertainty surrounding the AIFF elections scheduled for August 28, the returning officer on Sunday rejected the candidacy of…

AIFF Elections LIVE: Amid uncertainty surrounding the AIFF elections scheduled for August 28, the returning officer on Sunday rejected Valanka Alemao and Manvendra Singh’s candidacy for president after their respective linebackers denied signing any declaration of candidacy . Follow InsideSport.IN for Football Latest Updates

The filing of nomination papers for the election of the AIFF Executive Committee under the aegis of the Supreme Court-appointed Committee of Trustees (CoA) was completed on Saturday, although there is a cloud of uncertainty regarding the acceptance of the voting process by world governing body FIFA.

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Alemao, daughter of Goa association president Churchill Alemao and Rajasthan association leader Manvendra were among the seven people who had submitted nominations for the post of president.

Legendary Bhaichung Bhutia, Former Goalkeeper Kalyan Chaubey, Shaji Prabhakaran (President of Football Delhi), NA Haris (Head of Karnataka Association) and Ajit Banerjee (Head of IFA and Older Brother of Bengal CM Mamata Banerjee) were the other contenders for the top job.

But a notification from returning officer Umesh Sinha said Alemao and Menvendra’s candidacy papers were not legally valid because their respective co-appointees – Amit Khemani and Harjinder Singh – said they had not signed. no application documents for any candidate.

Khemani is the chairman of the Daman and Diu football association while Harjinder is the representative of the Chandigarh unit of the AIFF.

“Whereas Harjinder’s name is given as Manvendra Singh’s linebacker for President and Amit Khemani is Valanka’s linebacker Natasha Alemao, candidate for President, and whereas the aforesaid linebackers for said nominations are not legally valid …

“…the nominations of Manvendra Singh and Valanka Alemao are not acceptable and therefore (their) nominations for President are rejected”, says the notice.

AIFF Elections LIVE: Returning officer rejects nomination of Valanka Alemao of Churchill Brothers, Eugenson Lyngdoh of Meghalaya FA also sacked

Khemani in an email on Saturday said “his name was used by Valanka Alemao without his knowledge” and that he had not signed any nomination papers from any candidate.

The matter came to light after a complaint from Goa association member Jonathan de Sousa claimed that Khemani had been out of the country since August 16 and could not have supported Alemao.

Harjinder, on the other hand, said he did not propose or name any names for the current AIFF elections.

Alemao also filed nomination papers for the positions of treasurer as well as member of the executive committee.

Ex-India midfielder Eugeneson Lyngdoh and Deepak Sharma’s candidacy papers were also rejected along with Mohd Shahid, all of whom had submitted candidacies to challenge the executive committee member position.

Lyngdoh linebacker Arif Ali also seconded Menla Ethenpa as a candidate for executive committee member. Since no one can nominate or second two candidates, and Ethenpa’s nomination was submitted earlier than Lyngdoh’s, the latter’s candidacy was rejected.

The six candidates for the position of treasurer alone were found to be in order.

AIFF Elections LIVE: Returning officer rejects nomination of Valanka Alemao of Churchill Brothers, Eugenson Lyngdoh of Meghalaya FA also sacked

Thus, there are five candidates for a position of president, six for a treasurer and 11 for five members of the executive committee. Candidates can withdraw their name between Monday and Wednesday.

The Supreme Court will hold a crucial hearing on Monday at the request of the Ministry of Sports after world-ruling FIFA banned the AIFF for “Undue third party influence”.

The government has filed a petition in the highest court, arguing to end the “mandate” of the Committee of
directors (CoA) and to launch the election process “de novo” (from the beginning).

On August 3, the Supreme Court had ordered the AIFF elections to be held on August 28, giving the right to vote to 36 personalities.

But FIFA, which was not in favor of individual members forming the electoral college, suspended the AIFF on August 15.

The SC had appointed the three-member CoA headed by former top judge AR Dave to run the affairs of the AIFF in a May 18 order while ousting Praful Patel as president of the national federation.

AIFF Elections LIVE: Returning officer rejects nomination of Valanka Alemao of Churchill Brothers, Eugenson Lyngdoh of Meghalaya FA also sacked

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