Lahtigate: Perkins accused of packing presidential vote with palsFour years after the fact, a document has emerged that says the 2009 election of Stan Perkins as WMA president was fraudulent. An American athlete sent me the memo Thursday morning from Porto Alegre, where Stan is standing for re-election next week. The athlete won’t tell me where he got it, but it clearly aims to benefit American rival Rex Harvey. The memo says at least six Aussie entrants at Lahti worlds voted as delegates in the 2009 election by claiming to represent Oceania places like Guam, Cook Island and American Samoa. “This is out and out voting fraud as common sense, and more importantly the WMA Constitution, makes it very clear that no one may represent two countries or vote for absentees, and that proxy voting is not allowed,” the leaked document says. Yup, sure looks like it.
The presumption is that the six voted for their countryman Stan, who famously won by a single vote. But the doc says proof of these Aussie athletes being delegates from other nations is in an attached document, which I haven’t seen.
Such a “list [was] furnished by the WMA Secretary to the WMA Council on July 13, 2009,” the memo says.
In other words, Secretary Winston Thomas of Britain has the delegate list. The 2009 GA booklet doesn’t list delegates by name. But Rex, as WMA stadia vice president, would have had access to this list in 2009 as well.
So lots of questions emerge in Lahtigate® (which I’m trademarking).
• When was it realized Aussies were posing as delegates from elsewhere?
• Why wasn’t this issue raised at the 2011 Sacramento General Assembly?
• Why haven’t impeachment procedures begun, assuming Stan is behind this?
• What did Stan know about the delegate issue and when did he know it?
• Is Winston cooperating with the effort to dethrone Stan?
• If Rex is the author of these accusations, why not come clean and admit it?
The athlete who sent me this memo also wrote: “This will be raised at the WMA candidates forum.”
But of course.
Stay tuned while I query the candidates on this issue.