ACF Announces 2013 Election Results
Monday, December 9, 2013 – The American Cricket Federation (ACF) today announced the results of elections for its Board of Directors and its Advisory & Judiciary Committee. Electronic balloting has been taking place for the last two weeks and closed at 11:55 PM on December 7.
Six separate ballots for different classes of members under the ACF Constitution operated simultaneously. The balloting was organized by SimplyVoting.com, a Canadian company highly regarded and certified for their security and privacy protocols.
From the total eligible list of 263 voters from across the nation, 217, or 83% were cast. The results are as follows:
Board of Directors – Elected
% of respective votes
Avinash Varma – Hardball Zone Director 100%
Ernest Precious – Hardball Zone Director 60%
Masaood Yunus – Hardball Zone Director 67%
Shahid Ahmed – Hardball Zone Director 67%
Avinash Gaje – National Softball Director 100%
Jagan Jagannathan – At-Large Director 73%
John Aaron – At-Large Director 84%
Mike Thomas – At-Large Director 99%
One Independent Director will be appointed by the newly incumbent board: two further Zone Directors will be elected commensurate with the continuing growth of membership.
Advisory & Judiciary Committee – Elected
Vijay Paneerselvam – Club & Player Representative 84%
Vishal Durvasula – Club & Player Representative 91%
Jatin Patel – Development Representative 93%
Priya Singh – Development Representative 75%
Shantha Suraweera – Hardball League Representative 100%
Durga Das – Women’s Cricket Representative 67%
Sandra Ibarra – Women’s Cricket Representative 100%
A Softball Representative and two College Representatives will be elected with continuing growth in membership.
“We are very pleased how well the whole election process worked,” said Mike Thomas, Acting ACF Treasurer and Election Organizer. “All timelines pre-set in the ACF Constitution were met and the SimplyVoting system provided a totally secure balloting platform. Once the ballots were designed and set,” explained Thomas, “no intervention is possible, votes can only be cast by authorized electors each with unique IDs and passwords, and results are automatically tabulated and verifiable.”
“We are greatly indebted to Professor G. E. Whittenburg, CPA, EA, Lamden School of Accountancy, San Diego State University,” continued Thomas. “As Election Examiner, he reviewed elector eligibility, candidate eligibility and from examination of ballot outcomes, expressed satisfaction that results were correctly reported. We believe that high benchmarks of excellence have been established in the planning, conduct and execution of U.S. cricket elections.”
As a consequence of these results, the ACF Steering Committee was dissolved at midnight on Sunday, December 8, 2013. This milestone event confirms the next exciting stage of ACF’s momentum. A totally democratic management team – with term-limits – now comprises the continuity of key drivers from the former Steering Committee and ACF’s CEO Jamie Harrison, together with highly competent new faces representing most of the constituencies of U.S. cricket.