International

How the FIFA presidential election works

2015-05-21 11:13
FIFA (AFP)

London - Factbox explaining how the voting system will work at the FIFA presidential elections in Zurich on May 29.

Who can stand?

According to FIFA guidelines, a candidate has to have played an active role in association football for two of the five years preceding his proposed candidature.

The candidate has to present declarations of support from at least five of FIFA's member associations, although these associations do not have to vote for the candidate they backed.

The deadline for candidates to register was Jan. 29. The candidates were all subject to "integrity checks" by FIFA's ethics committee.

Who votes?

The 209 member associations of FIFA each hold one vote. This means tiny associations such as Brunei, Sao Tome and Principe and Andorra hold the same voting rights as the likes of Germany, Italy and Brazil.

Electoral committee

FIFA has set up an independent committee, officially known as the "Ad Hoc Electoral Committee" to supervise the process.

The process

The ballot is held in secret, even if there is only one candidate. This differs from soccer's European governing body UEFA, for example, where Michel Platini, the only candidate for re-election in March, was voted in "by acclamation".

Before the ballot, each candidate can address the Congress for 15 minutes.

To be elected in the first round, a candidate must obtain two-thirds of the votes cast.

If this does not happen, a second round is held round is held. This time, a simple majority (ie more than 50 percent of the votes) is sufficient for a candidate to be elected.

If no candidate gets a majority, the candidate with the least votes is eliminated and a new round is held. This continues until one candidates obtains a majority.

If there is only one candidate, the a simple majority is sufficient in the first ballot.

Read more on:    fifa  |  sepp blatter  |  soccer
NEXT ON SPORT24X

What To Read Next

 

Read News24’s Comments Policy

24.com publishes all comments posted on articles provided that they adhere to our Comments Policy. Should you wish to report a comment for editorial review, please do so by clicking the 'Report Comment' button to the right of each comment.

Comment on this story
0 comments
Comments have been closed for this article.
Live Video Streaming
Video Highlights
Sport Talk

Live scoring

 
 
Men
Women
Love 2 Meet
Sport24 on Twitter

Follow Sport24 news on Twitter

English Premiership flutter

Take Sport24's "expert" tips at your peril...

Featured

The 2017/18 Absa Premiership season is under way. Can Bidvest Wits defend their title? Will Soweto giants Kaizer Chiefs or Orlando Pirates emerge victorious? Or will the bookies' favourites, Mamelodi Sundowns, taste success for a record eighth time? Stay glued to Sport24 to find out!

Latest blogs
Vote

Do you think SAFA made the right choice in appointing Stuart Baxter as head coach of Bafana Bafana?

Twitter Follow Sport24 on Twitter

Facebook "Like" Sport24's Facebook page

WIN Enter and win with Sport24!

BlackBerry Stay in the loop on your BlackBerry

RSS Feeds Sport news delivered really simply.

 
There are new stories on the homepage. Click here to see them.