21 October, 2020

Received 75 Complaints During BCCI Election: Electoral Officer N. Gopalaswami

Ex-Chief Election Commissioner N. Gopala­­s­wami tells Outlook how BCCI election was different from other polls that he conducted as the CEC.

Received 75 Complaints During BCCI Election: Electoral Officer N. Gopalaswami

Ex-Chief Election Commissioner N. Gopala­­s­wami, 75, conducted the first BCCI election after the Lodha reforms, as well as that of the newly formed Indian Cricketers’ Association. He spoke to Qaiser Mohammad Ali in an exc­lusive interview. Excerpts:

How different was the BCCI election to the other elections that you have conducted as Chief Election Commissioner of India?

It was vastly different, in the sense that I was in-charge of only the BCCI elections and not the state cricket associations’ elections. There is a vast different between conducting elections in which you are in-charge of all the states, or the entire country. I could not inquire into any matter pertaining to any state association, if there was a mistake. If there was any complaint about something not being properly done, I had no role to play. To that extent it was not a very happy situation because ultimately states [associations’] elections are the feeder to the...



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