The 14th FEI President will be elected this Sunday 14 December by the FEI General Assembly which gets underway this week in Baku, the capital of Azerbaijan.
The five Presidential candidates (listed in order of receipt of the candidacy files by the FEI) are Pierre Genecand (SUI), Ulf Helgstrand (DEN), John McEwen (GBR), Pierre Durand (FRA), and Ingmar De Vos (BEL). Javier Revuelta del Peral (ESP), who had also submitted a candidacy file, withdrew from the election process in November.
The five candidates will present their manifestos to the National Federations, stakeholders and international media during the Meet the Presidential Candidatessession on Saturday 13 December at 14.15 AZT (local Azerbaijan time, GMT + 4 hours). The individual presentations by the candidates will be followed by a question and answer session at 16.15 AZT on 13 December.
The order of the candidates’ presentations will be determined by a draw overseen by the Independent Advisory Committee, which was set up by the FEI Bureau in September 2014 to preserve the integrity of the election process and avoid any potential conflict of interest. The draw will take place at 19.00 AZT on 12 December.
The election process for the FEI President is detailed under Article 24 of the FEI Statutes. The relevant articles are listed below:
24.2 The President shall be elected by a two-thirds (2/3) majority of votes cast. Abstentions are not counted as cast votes. In the event multiple Ballots are necessary under Article 24.4, a Simple Majority shall be sufficient for Election on the third Ballot, or on the second if only two (2) Candidates remain.
24.4 When there are multiple Candidates and none receives the necessary majority, the Candidate with the least number of votes received shall be removed from the list of Candidates and another Ballot shall be held. This procedure shall be repeated until a Candidate receives the necessary majority.
The FEI newly elected President will begin his term in office at the end of the General Assembly and will remain in office for a period of four years. The FEI President may not serve more than three consecutive full terms.