FIFA Standard Electoral Code

FIFA Standard Electoral Code

Organizing elections in an association necessitates a long and complex procedure. It is therefore necessary for each football association to perfect the procedure stipulated in the FIFA Standard Electoral Code so as to ensure that its elections are transparent and democratic, which cannot be said for the Bulgarian Football Union’s latter elections held on 30 January 2009.

“The principles of [the FIFA] Standard Electoral Code were approved by the FIFA Congress in Zurich on 30 and 31 May 2007. The Standard Electoral Code shall serve as a guide for the electoral code that every FIFA member association is required to draw up. It was approved in its current completed form by the FIFA Executive Committee at its meeting on 29 and 30 October 2007 and comes into force immediately”.

“1. Failure by the association to apply the principles of this code shall be considered a serious violation of the provisions of article 13 of the FIFA Statutes and shall lead to the consequences described in article 14 of the FIFA Statutes or the disciplinary measures provided for under article 55 of the FIFA Statutes.

2. FIFA has the right to intervene in the electoral processes of the association at any time to monitor its integrity and check that this code and the statutes and regulations of FIFA are being applied.

3. FIFA may likewise suspend or invalidate the electoral processes and/or appoint a provisional administration for the association, as the case may be”.