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All eyes on Paris as Mosley awaits confidence vote 03 Jun 2008

Max Mosley (GBR) FIA President arrives. FIA World Council Hearing, FIA, Place de la Concorde, Paris, France, 13 September 2007. World © Hartley/Sutton FIA Flag as the grid girls practice their routine.
Formula One World Championship, Rd2, Malaysian Grand Prix, Sepang, Malaysia, 22 March 2003

Tuesday morning will see FIA members meet in Paris for an Extraordinary General Assembly of Formula One racing’s governing body. They will be there to vote on the future of President Max Mosley, who requested the meeting in light of allegations over his private life published in a British newspaper.

At the Assembly, votes are expected to be cast by 140 clubs from 96 countries - representing a total of 177 votes (including 19 proxies). Before the secret ballot, it is understood that those in attendance will hear from Mosley, his representatives, and from Anthony Scrivener QC, the independent expert appointed by the FIA to analyse the evidence relating to the News of the World’s claims of ‘Nazi style’ activities.

Mosley vehemently denies this aspect of the newspaper’s allegations and legal proceedings are ongoing in both England and France. The 68-year-old, who has been FIA President since 1993, admits the affair has caused intense embarrassment for both him and his family, but has maintained that it has no bearing on his ability to carry out his professional responsibilities.

Despite this, Mosley has faced pleas from several FIA member clubs to stand down ahead of Tuesday’s vote. The Englishman also rejected an offer of a compromise deal to step down in November in exchange for a guaranteed victory in Tuesday's vote, insisting the communications he has received from club presidents have been overwhelmingly in favour of his remaining FIA President.

Mosley’s current term is due to expire in October of next year. However, in his only official interview since the original News of the World story, he stated that it has always been his intention not to run for re-election in 2009. Should he win Tuesday’s vote, he is expected to continue until that point, albeit with his deputies likely to take over responsibility for most public duties.

Should he lose, Mosley is expected to resign as President with interim control passing to Michel Boeri, head of the FIA Senate. Another Extraordinary General Assembly would then be called for some time between August 3 and October 3 of this year in order to choose a new President.

Ahead of the meeting the FIA released the following information:

The FIA Extraordinary General Assembly (EGA) will be composed of the representatives (Delegates) of FIA Member Clubs, Associations or Federations.

If in one country the FIA has several Member Clubs, these may be represented by the same Delegate.

Any Member Club unable to send a Delegate may be represented by another Club. However, no Club is allowed to accept more than one proxy. Votes by correspondence are not accepted.

The FIA President can invite to the EGA any person who may bring useful assistance to the meeting.

The EGA will take place from 1000 hrs in the Salle de Conference of the Automobile Club de France.

An exchange of views of the membership will then take place.

This will be followed by a vote of confidence in the FIA President.

Votes can be cast only by Full Members with completed annual registrations.

At the EGA, votes are expected to be cast by 140 clubs from 96 countries. They will represent a total of 177 votes (including 19 proxies).

Clubs with competence in Sporting as well Mobility matters have two votes each (Article 3.1).

There is only one Sporting Club from each country. A country can have more than one Mobility Club, in which case these will have to agree on the vote to be returned. Should they fail to agree or reach a majority decision, a blank vote will be cast (Article 3.2).

The outcome is decided by an absolute majority of the total number of votes. An absolute majority is made up of at least half plus one of the votes which could be cast at the General Assembly.

Voting Procedure:
Each delegate will be called in front of the EGA to put a sealed envelope containing their vote(s) into the ballot box. The envelope will contain their ballot paper(s) with their choice for or against the motion of confidence in the FIA President.

The votes will be counted in private by the FIA legal department, in the presence of four scrutineers, selected by the EGA from a list of Delegates proposed by the Chairman of the meeting (in this case the President of the FIA Senate).

The number and share of votes cast will be announced at the end of the meeting.