The lawyers to Prince Ali bin al-Hussein said that they are waiting on the Arbitration Court for Sport to provide “provisional measures” concerning the FIFA elections that are to replace Sepp Blatter.
Hussein seeks Postponement of the elections scheduled for Friday to be postponed because the voting procedures are yet to be agreed on.
His lawyers said in a statement that FIFA rejected a request from the Prince for transparent voting booths to be used. They say that the refusal of the request will hamper the right to fair and transparent process of voting.
They further added that Prince Ali bin al-Hussein had taken the matter to the Court of Arbitration for Sport.
Prince Ali’s lawyers, Renaud Semerdjian and Francis Szpiner stated that FIFA refused the request from Prince Ali for transparent booths to be sent to Zurich for the election. They said the only thing that FIFA did was to request the voters to leave their phones outside while walking into the voting booths.
According to them, such a measure is not sufficient and that FIFA has remained silent over what can be done to enforce their request as well as handle the sanctions that are associated with it.
The lawyers further added that FIFA rejected their demand to have a hearing regarding the request by the Prince.
The camp on Prince Ali bin al-Hussein’s side views the behavior as an attempt to deny a transparent and fair voting process. In a response, they will seek provisional measures from the CAS so that the coming election is suspended.
Ali is among the favorite of the FIFA presidential candidates that are seen to have the potential of taking over FIFA leadership. The others are Tokyo Sexwale (South African business man), Gianni Infantino (UEFA Gen Sec) and Sheikh Salman of Bahrain.
The Friday elections have been viewed by analysts as an opportunity for FIFA to restore its reputation after scandals hit the body regarding mismanagement and corruption among the officials, Sepp Blatter included.
The FIFA elections were scheduled after its top leaders were caught in corruption allegations. Sepp Blatter was to contest but did not after the allegations became stronger.