Ward confirmed his withdrawal in a letter to the FIA today (PDF) saying “it has not proved possible for me to secure the required number of regional vice presidents for sport to ensure the eligibility of my list”.
“I, therefore, would like to offer my congratulations to Jean Todt who will secure a second term uncontested if not unopposed.”
Ward said the requirement for candidates to obtain the backing of seven vice presidents “has given control over whether or not there can be a contested election at all to the FIA?óÔé¼Ôäós sport regions”.
“Moreover the use of support agreements in advance of the election makes it very hard for any candidate to obtain the required vice presidents for their list.” Ward complained to the FIA’s ethics committee about Todt using support agreements in this way but his objections were not upheld.
Ward has given his support to amendments to the FIA’s election process which have been proposed for the next World Motor Sport Council meeting in December.
“If the statute amendments are passed on 6th December the FIA will have taken a significant step towards a more democratic future. I very much hope that the amendments will not ?óÔé¼?£talked out?óÔé¼Ôäó by the leadership in the World Councils, but voted on by secret ballot in the General Assembly.
“Whatever the outcome, I think progress in the governance of the FIA is inevitable. We are living in an age of transparency with new demands for accountability from governments, corporations and
sports federations alike.”
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