Gopalaswami named electoral officer for BCCI elections

Former Chief Election Commissioner, N. Gopalaswami, will be the electoral officer for the BCCI elections to be held on October 22.

N. Gopalaswami served as the chief election commissioner from 2006 to 2009.   -  K.V. Poornachandra Kumar

Former Chief Election Commissioner, N. Gopalaswami, will be the electoral officer for the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) elections to be held on October 22.

The Supreme Court-appointed Committee of Administrators (CoA) decided on Friday that the BCCI elections will be conducted by Gopalaswami, who served as the chief election commissioner from 2006 to 2009.

“I have already taken charge from today,” Gopalaswami told Sportstar. Even though he is based in Chennai, he will be travelling to Mumbai ‘as and when required’. “I will need to go through the materials and figure out what all I need to do and I will take it accordingly,” the former chief election commissioner said about the road ahead.

One of the board members said, “He comes with great experience and we decided to hand over the responsibility to him to ensure a proper election process.”

The process will begin on June 30, with the electoral officer preparing an electoral protocol in consultation with the CoA, which shall be communicated to all state associations.

The lists of members, election protocol and electoral roll of the state associations have to be finalised by August 14,  and the election process in each unit have to be completed by September 14.

Once the elections are over, the states have to send the names of their representatives to the BCCI by September 23. The electoral roll of nominees eligible to compete in the BCCI election will be completed by September 30, followed by the BCCI elections on October 22.

The dates:

September 14: Completion of Elections of State Associations

September 30: Preparation of the electoral roll of nominees qualified for the BCCI elections

October 22: BCCI elections