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Sri Lanka Cricket to elect office bearers through secret ballot

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By PTI | April 14, 2013

PhotoFor the first time in the history of Sri Lanka Cricket, its office bearers will be elected through secret ballot voting in its Annual General Meeting on April 16.

"There will be a secret ballot observed by the election commissioner’s department," Ashley de Silva, SLC’s acting CEO said.

The secret ballot, de Silva said, would be in accordance with the amendments to the Sports Act.

A last minute decision to change the venue of election from SLC headquarters to the BMICH convention centre has added spice to what has already been a controversial run-up to the AGM.

Analysts said the move to have a secret ballot from the traditional show of hands in voting for names underlines that much is at stake.

Meanwhile, Jayantha Dharmadasa is set to become the next SLC president, after the executive committee rejected all three original candidates, and named him the sole nominee for the position.

SLC held its first election in seven years last year after the game’s administration continued to be under politically-appointed interim-committees since 2005.

However, an ultimatum from the ICC compelled the board to return to democratic elections.

© Press Trust of India

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