Sri Lanka Cricket to employ secret ballot voting to elect office bearers

Analysts said the move to have a secret ballot from the traditional show of hands in voting for names underlines that much is at stake © Getty Images (Representation Photo)

Colombo: Apr 14, 2013
 
For the first time in the history of Sri Lanka Cricket, its office bearers will be elected through a secret ballot voting in its Annual General Body Meeting on April 16 here.

“There will be a secret ballot observed by the Election Commissioner’s Department,” Ashley de Silva, SLC’s acting CEO said.

De Silva said the secret ballot would be in accordance with the amendments to the Sports Act.

A last-minute decision to change the venue of election from SLC headquarters to Colombo’s main convention centre has added spice to what has already been a controversial run-up to the AGM.

Analysts said the move to have a secret ballot from the traditional show of hands in voting for names underlines that much is at stake.

Meanwhile, Jayantha Dharmadasa is set to become the next SLC president, after the executive committee rejected all three original candidates, and named him the sole nominee for the position.

SLC held its first election in seven years last year after the game’s administration continued to be under politically appointed interim committees since 2005.

However, an ultimatum from the ICC compelled the move to return to democratic elections.