Prince Ali goes to court, wants FIFA’s elections on Friday postponed

Prince Ali goes to court, wants FIFA’s elections on Friday postponed

- Prince Ali has asked his lawyers to go to CAS

- He wants transparent voting booths to be used rather than photographed ballots

- FIFA has rejected their plea and rather wants delegates' phones to be left behind

- CAS says it will rule on the decision by Thursday morning

Prince Ali goes to court, wants FIFA’s elections on Friday postponed

Prince Ali wants CAS to postpone FIFA's elections

Prince Ali Bin Al Hussein, one of the five contenders billed for Friday's FIFA presidential elections has asked his lawyers to go to the Court of Arbitration of Sport (CAS) and get the voting postponed.

His lawyers’ plea to have transparent voting booths used during the voting was turned down by FIFA’s election commission.

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"FIFA opposed our request for an accelerated procedure so that these questions could be decided before February 26, "It was therefore natural that Prince Ali goes to the CAS," his lawyers said in a statement.

Prince Ali is one of five candidates trying to succeed banned president Sepp Blatter. The others are, South African businessman Tokyo Sexwale, AFC president Sheikh Salman bin Ebrahim al-Khalifa, Jerome Champagne, a former Fifa deputy general secretary and Gianni Infantino, also a Uefa general secretary.

They are seeking to succeed former FIFA boss Sepp Blatter, who has been suspended after 18 years of service.

The 40-year-old Jordanian is lamenting voting arrangements; he wants transparent voting booths instead of photographed ballots, to ensure the election is fair and open, but his request was rejected.

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Under the current procedure for the voting, delegates would have to photograph their ballot papers after voting.

Prince Ali believes that such method will rather bring pressure to bear on voters and that transparent booths would be enough and also prevent them from showing evidence of their votes to interested parties.

FIFA refused his proposal and would rather want voters to leave their mobile phones outside while voting proceeded.

Prince Ali and his legal team thinks FIFA’s request to have phones outside the venue is "not sufficient" and therefore are claiming their pound of flesh to "a fair electoral process".

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According to them, FIFA's "behaviour" denies "any right to a fair and transparent voting process" and would want CAS to rule in their favour.

Meanwhile, CAS says it will rule on Prince Ali's appeal by Thursday morning.

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