Council Elections

The Council was elected on 26 September 2012. Click here for the story and overview of the new Council.

The IIHF Council is the IIHF's executive body.

The elections of the President, the three Vice Presidents and nine other Council members as well as the Auditors will take place at the General Congress for a four-year term.

No person - other than an elected paid President - who is a paid officer or employee of, or appointee to, a member national association or of one of its affiliated bodies or who holds a position with an IIHF commercial partner or of one of their competitors can serve as a Council member.

A Member National Association may have only one elected member on the Council.

One Vice-President shall represent the Member National Associations in the geographical regions of Asia and Oceania, one Vice-President shall represent the Member National Associations in the geographical region of Europe and Africa and one Vice-President shall represent the Member National Associations in the geographical region of the Americas.

A candidate may only be nominated to Council by his full member national association in good standing of which he should be a member of the governing board, except for an incumbent President offering himself for re-election. All candidates must hold citizenship in the country of the nominating Member National Association.

Only candidates who have their 72nd or earlier birthday in the year of the General Congress or Election can be nominated for Council.

Candidates

President:
Dr René Fasel (Switzerland, 62, current President)

Vice President Europe/Africa:
Kalervo Kummola (Finland, 66, current Vice President)

Vice President Americas:
Bob Nicholson (Canada, 59)

Vice President Asia/Oceania:
Thomas Wu (Hong Kong, 40)

Female Council candidates:
Dr Beate Grupp (Germany, 47, current member)
Monique Scheier-Schneider (Luxembourg, 58, current member)
Shirley Rurak (Australia, 66)
Dr Zsuzsanna Kolbenheyer (Hungary, 35)
Dr Katerina Radostova (Czech Republic, 34)

Male Council candidates:
Frank Gonzalez (Spain, 56, current member)
Christer Englund (Sweden, 65, current member)
Anthony Rossi (USA, 71, current member)
Vladislav Tretiak (Russia, 60)
Dr Igor Nemecek (Slovakia, 51)
Joaquin de la Garma (Mexico, 58)
Luc Tardif (France, 59)
Dr Slavko Azman (Slovenia, 65)
Henrik Bach Nielsen (Denmark, 46)
Vidar Gardarsson (Iceland, 50)

Auditors:
Fabio Oetterli (Switzerland, 57)
Juray Siroky (Slovakia, 58)

Election Process

1. President

A simple majority of all votes cast on the first ballot shall be decisive. If a second or subsequent ballot is necessary, the candidate with the lowest number of votes will drop out until there are only two candidates left and from then on the simple majority will be decisive.

2. Three Vice Presidents

Each of the Vice Presidents will be elected in turn. A simple majority of all votes cast on the first ballot shall be decisive. If a second or subsequent ballot is necessary, the candidate with the lowest number of votes will drop out until there are only two candidates left and from then on the simple majority will be decisive.

3. Other Council Members

From the total number of nominated candidates (male and female), a total of nine Council members will be elected in two separate rounds in the order of the total number of votes received.

After the election of President and Vice Presidents, if no female has been elected to those respective position(s), then the next ballot will elect only female candidates to meet the required minimum of two female candidates. Any female candidates not so elected are entitled to participate in the next ballot.

The remaining Council members will be elected in a final ballot.

If because of equality of votes the required number of Council members would be exceeded, there will be subsequent ballots among only those candidates who did not get elected because the vote ended in a tie, until the full number of Council members is elected.

If a second or subsequent ballot is necessary, the candidate with the simple majority of votes will be elected.

If, after this procedure there are only two candidates remaining, the vote ended in a tie, than a final decisive ballot will be held. If the final decisive ballot ends in a tie, then if one of the two candidates is the immediate past incumbent of the respective position, he shall be declared as the elected candidate; otherwise the candidate to be declared elected will be decided by lot.

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