Ward files complaint against Todt
10 September 2013 – FIA presidential candidate David Ward has confirmed he is to file a complaint with the Federation’s Ethics Committee about rival Jean Todt amid allegations of 'distorting' the election process.
In a statement on his campaign website, wardandteam2013.com, he says 'it appears the FIA's current Presidency has been using FIA resources to try to predetermine the election outcome even before the process had begun'.
'The FIA arranges and pays for meetings around the world, including to discuss how regions will benefit from future FIA activities and resources. It emerges that, at these meetings, a number of clubs have been asked to sign formal written commitments to support Jean Todt’s re-election bid, in the form of ‘support agreements.'
Ward himself added: “It is vital that the FIA election processes are conducted in a fair, democratic and transparent manner. I believe that demanding signature of support agreements in these circumstances represents a serious violation of the FIA’s rules, regulations and ethical code.
“The complaint will enable the Ethics Committee to investigate the legitimacy of these agreements, the circumstances in which signatures were demanded, and whether it is an appropriate use of the FIA’s resources for its staff and management to pursue Mr. Todt’s personal re-election ambitions at official FIA regional meetings”.
Todt meanwhile has unsurprisingly rejected the allegations: “How can I avoid it?” Todt told British newspaper, The Daily Telegraph when asked about letters of support he had received.
“If you have a group of people who say 'You are doing a good job. We want you'. I never put a knife, or a gun to someone's head.”