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CM asked to intervene in Chess Association Elections

Chief Minister Manohar Parrikar has been asked to intervene in the Goa Chess Association elections scheduled to be held on Sunday, April 28, and to take appropriate action against the alleged violations that have been carried out.

In his letter to the Chief Minister, who is also the ex-officio president of Sports Authority of Goa (SAG), Sandeep Heble, a member of Tiswadi Taluka Chess Association, has alleged that there has been gross rigging, systematic manipulations and several other violations in the constitutional process.

“Right from illegally amending the constitution and depriving voting rights to its members to forming the Taluka level associations by hand-picking own nominees who now occupy the top posts, there has been a planned and systematic rigging of the electoral process. Some of the taluka nominees do not even know and understand chess,” said Heble in his letter.

Heble has further mentioned in his letter that as per SAG guidelines dated 7.3.2011 issued to associations, no office bearer should be allowed to hold term of office for more than two terms and after two terms fresh blood should be given the opportunity to hold office bearer’s post.

“It can be established beyond any doubt that the elections to the various posts of Goa Chess Association are being held contrary to all well established principles of a free, fair and transparent electoral process in general and the model guidelines as prescribed by the SAG in particular,” he alleged.

The Chief Minister has also been urged to ensure that chess coach Sanjay Kavlekar, whose NOC has been revoked by the SAG, is not allowed to contest the elections for the post of secretary.

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