European Union admits it has no control over delegate votes — InsidetheGames.biz
European Cycling Union boss David Lappartient has told InsidetheGames.biz that, despite the confederation’s statutes requiring all 14 of its delegates to the UCI Congress to vote in accordance with the union’s support of challenger Brian Cookson, he has no control over those votes at the world championships in Florence, Italy, next week.
“We got a very clear, democratic vote,” Lappartient said after Sunday’s Exceptional Ordinary General Assembly in Zurich. “Under our statues, the position of the voting delegates at the UCI Congress is the position of the Congress. That is to support Brian Cookson. It is supposed to be like that but we are never with the guy when he puts the envelope in the ballot box. We are never behind each of them.”
Cookson received 27 votes in Sunday’s meeting to incumbent Pat McQuaid’s 10. The vote should deliver Europe’s 14 delegates — the most of any continental confederation — to Cookson, who has also received backing of the Oceania Confederation, which holds three votes. The Asian Confederation — which forwarded an amendment to the UCI Constitution that would allow McQuaid to run without the backing of his home country of Ireland or his adopted home of Switzerland — will likely lend its nine votes to the incumbent. Cookson, however, said last week that he would meet with Asian representatives in Florence and hoped to earn the region’s votes. The African (seven votes) and American (nine votes) confederations have not publicly offered support to either candidate, though the U.S. and Canadian federations have backed Cookson.
In order to win the election on September 27, a candidate must receive a simple majority of 22 or more votes from the 42-delegate Congress.