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Balloting in American Cricket Federation's first ever election will conclude today. Members will elect ACF's Board of Directors, which comprises six zonal directors representing hard ball leagues, two directors elected by club and player members, one director representing softball cricket. One independent director will be appointed by the board.
In addition, voters will also elect the Advisory and Judicial Committee comprising two representatives of player and club members, two of women players, two with development credentials, two representatives for college cricket and one for softball cricket. This committee has responsibility for dispute adjudication among other duties.
By all accounts, the election was fair and transparent. The organization focused on differentiating itself in the areas of voter and candidate eligibility as well as adherence to a published timeline.
The list of nominated candidates was released on November 4th and detailed bios were distributed by November 16th. Eligible league members were notified in September and website publication followed in October. Individual members were informed electronically regarding their voting eligibility. This is in stark contrast to the highly controversial USACA national and regional elections that American cricketers have endured over the years.
ACF opted for a ground-breaking fully electronic voting process from SimplyVoting.com, a SSAE 16 certified web-based voting system, which ensured industry leading security and voter authentication. Voters were given two weeks (November 23rd to December 7th) to cast their electronic ballot.
Professor G.E. Whittenberg served as the independent overseer of the election. Prof. Whittenberg, a member of the faculty at San Diego State University, is the author of over ninety professional journal articles, textbooks and supplements. “I am pleased to help the ACF get off to a good start by getting their election processes set up correctly from the beginning," Prof Whittenberg said regarding his role.
Results of the election are expected to be announced on Monday. ACF's CEO, Jamie Harrison, sent a thank you note to the steering committee which has guided the organization since its founding in 2012. "Every achievement that emanates from this body, from this day forward, will bear your stamp. You have run the most difficult leg of the race, and for that you have our thanks," he wrote. "It always seems impossible until it's done," Harrison reminded, quoting Nelson Mandela.