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INF Mis-management

It is with reluctance that we return to the subject matter of the INF elections for President, which was so catastrophically managed last November. The mis-management was beyond words to describe then and it continues as we head towards the re-run of the Presidential election on July 22nd.

In May, the INF issued an Excerpt from an EC meeting that concluded that both  Armand Javier and Greg Sarow, two of the candidates in the re-run election were inadmissible, leaving just one: Sieglinde Ivo. The worrying point is who signed the document; Sieglinde Ivo and Jean Peters. In the last 48-hours the following was issued to all member federations from Gregers Moller, and we don’t need to add anything ourselves.

Dear Federations,
As member of the Central Committee [CC] of the INF-FNI in the position as non-EU assessor, I ask you to please regard the letter sent to you around six hours ago today, 22 June 2017, as invalid.

Declaring two of the three candidates for the re-opened presidential elections inadmissible is not a decision reached by the Central Committee. The letter refers to an EC meeting but EC meetings are reserved for day-to-day matters and not matters of this magnitude.

Furthermore, one of the EC members is not an elected President, but a caretaker President and also a candidate in the very same election. As CC member I would not have allowed her to be involved in decisions regarding her own candidacy or that of her contestants if we had been asked to discussed this in the Central Committee.

As caretaker president and candidate in the election it violates every democratic principle that I stand for in the CC that she should be able to declare her opposition for invalid and announce herself as the only admissible candidate. The legal council should in my opinion also have advised strongly against allowing this to happen.

I suggest that the federations simply ignore this email. Instead this letter and the previous email should be made a subject for discussion among the Federations at the upcoming meeting in Vienna. The federations should not forget that when they are meeting they constitute the highest authority of the INF-FNI.

Kind regards
Gregers Moller

Apart from the clear conflict of interest, it also leads us to question the impartiality of the Legal Committee. We ask, if you are a member of a member federation to press your national representative organisation to comply Mr Moller’s advice.

But even in the worst of situations humour can be found:

4 Responses to INF Mis-management

  • It is shame that the INF-NFI has come to this. There was such promise and hope that new leadership would give added purpose to this group. But it is not over yet, as they say…

    “the fat lady hasn’t sung yet”

    Let us hope it is a swan song.

  • In my experience Bruce, naturist organisations have a remarkable gift of survival. I and others have predicted the demise of British Naturism several times but it is still here. So I wouldn’t count my chickens too early. One of the central issues, in NAG’s opinion, has been identified by Stephane Deschenes, in that member Federations have taken too little notice of what the INF is doing. It is our guess that this is not too dissimilar to what happens at national level or inside clubs. The issue is engagement and that is not an easy one to solve, but being relevant to its members is a good start. Again in our opinion, the INF is not relevant to its main membership, the national federations.

    But the immediate issue to hand is the attempt to gerrymander an election result, so the mismanagement can continue. NAG can only act as an external conscience for the INF, it is up to the members to do something.

  • It would appear the Ms Ivo has been re-elected as President of INF-FNI and that a detailed report to follow by mid August 2017!

    http://www.inf-fni.org/Home/News/Presidential-elections-in-Vienna-Austria

  • Thanks Chris. We got this news too along with some other information, which we want to digest for a few days before making any kind of announcement. What I can say at this moment is that we are disappointed with the outcome.

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