Also of interest in the latest newsletter is a brief entry about the latest ACTCA AGM. The ACF reports simply, "In a secret ballot Mos Ali was elected by 14 votes to 13. The remaining executive positions, except for the Treasurer, were filled unopposed." However the juicier details can be found in Chess Express.
Incumbent President Mos Ali was also nominated. Sadly he started his case for re-election by smearing his opponent, and only stopped when challenged by an outraged member of the audience. He defended his approach by indicating that in an election, "anything goes". A paper ballot was used for the election and at the close of counting the vote was tied 13-13. After some confusion Mos Ali used what I believe to be his casting vote to re-elect himself as President.
He re-elected himself? What the...? I'm not too au fait on the rules but is that even allowed? Imagine this happening in NSWCA. There'd be a total uproar. So far I haven't seen any significant commentary on the net, certainly not on Chess Chat and there's only 3 comments in Shaun Press' blog. Maybe those guys in the ACT are way too nice.
OK, so here I am thinking: Stephen Mugford was co-organiser of the Australian Open, what about Mr Ali? What has he done? Anyone? Fair questions. I really do want to know.
By the way, I just noticed this link to the Sunshine Coast Chess Club - host of the 1999 Australian Open. Yes, I have very good memories. Very nice!