FIDE’s deadline for submitting ticket and nominations for the upcoming 2014 Presidential elections was 11 May, 17:00 UTC+2 (16:00 CET). As expected, only two candidates will be running for the highest position of the governing body of chess – Kirsan Ilyumzhinov and Garry Kasparov.
A few hours after the announced deadline, FIDE has published the first official support data. Ilyumzhinov is nominated by 56 federations and Kaspararov is nominated by 20 federations. Thus, Ilyumzhinov starts with more than double the support of Kasparov the race for the 2014 Presidential position. Find the full list below.
It is a tradition to count the official support for a FIDE candidate 3 months before elections. In 2006 was the most massive support for Ilyumzhinov with 90 votes secured at this height of the campaign. Comparing the numbers to the 2010 elections, the Ilyumzhinov team had reached a similar level now, as back then three months before the voting 60 nations were supporting the current president.
Garry Kasparov announced his Presidential ticket during the 84th FIDE Congress in Tallinn. Since then, there was a last minute change. The official FIDE announcement informs:
On 9 May 2014 the ticket of Garry Kasparov was submitted to the FIDE secretariat, by lawyer Morten Sand, with the name of Sheikh Mohammed bin Ahmed Al Hamed as Vice-President. The next day, on 10 May, the FIDE Secretariat received an email from Garry Kasparov stating: “(s)ince that filing, Sheikh Mohammed bin Ahmed Al Hamed has informed me that he has become incapable to run for election, and Ian Wilkinson has agreed to replace him as Vice President on my ticket”. Above the 20 nominating federations of Garry Kasparov’s ticket, there were 3 that nominated Sheikh Mohammed bin Ahmed Al Hamed in Garry Kasparov’s ticket (Democratic Republic of Congo, Nigeria and Puerto Rico).
Kasparov’s team announced:
The Kasparov 2014 campaign team announces that Sheikh Mohammed bin Ahmed Al Hamed has withdrawn from the Garry Kasparov 2014 FIDE presidential ticket effective immediately. Sheikh Mohammed regrets his withdrawal which was necessitated by serious private issues. Garry Kasparov and the entire campaign team thank Sheikh Mohammed for his efforts on the campaign and for chess.
The vacant spot on the Kasparov ticket has been filled by Mr. Ian Wilkinson, QC, the president of the Jamaica Chess Federation. Mr. Wilkinson met extensively with Garry Kasparov in Jamaica in early April and had already decided to accept a position in the campaign team. Mr. Kasparov was very impressed with Mr. Wilkinson’s character and his numerous successful efforts in the realms of chess in education and commercial sponsorship, two of the most important planks in the Kasparov team’s reform agenda.
Therefore, Kasparov’s ticket remains as:
Garry Kasparov – President
Jan Callewaert – Deputy President
Ignatius Leong – General Secretary
Afrika Msimang – Vice President
Ian Wilkinson – Vice President
Rex Sinquefield- Treasurer
Kirsan Ilyumzhinov was holding back on announcing his ticket members until the deadline set by FIDE. His team will be:
Kirsan Ilyumzhinov – President
Georgios Makropoulos – Deputy President
Abraham Tolentino – General Secretary
Aguinaldo Jaime – Vice President
Martha Fierro Baquero – Vice President
Adrian Siegel – Treasurer
Federations supporting Kirsan Ilyumzhinov
05. Comoros Islands
17. Sierra Leone
27. Dominican Republic
34. Netherlands Antilles
Federations supporting Garry Kasparov
02. Ivory Coast
05. South Africa
10. Hong Kong
ECU elections announcement delayed
ECU’s announcement for the Presidential tickets for the 2014 race was due on May 9th. Three days after the deadline ECU is silent on the received candidates.
Stay tuned for updates