Unprecedented developments in Argentine football have seen the suspension of elections at Boca Juniors, one of the country's most historic football clubs, due to alleged irregularities in the club's electoral roll. The decision was taken by Judge Alejandra Abrevaya in Buenos Aires, throwing an unexpected curveball into the club's political landscape.
Claims of Irregularities
The opposition, led by Andrés Ibarra and former Argentine President Mauricio Macri, lodged a complaint alleging 'irregularities and anomalies' in the club's membership registry. The most notable issue was a sudden change in the membership category of over 13,000 members from adherents to active members, a move that raised numerous eyebrows.
Responding to the complaint, Judge Abrevaya suspended the elections originally slated for December 3, citing these irregularities as the reason. A club employee's statement revealed an irregular modus operandi in converting adherent members to active ones, further compounding the issue.
Seeking Conciliation and Resolution
Seeking a resolution, Judge Abrevaya called for a conciliation hearing between the establishment and opposition for Thursday at noon. The opposition proposed excluding the 13,000 members mentioned in the complaint, a move they believe would allow the elections to proceed smoothly. The court ruling also pointed out a disproportion in the changes in the membership categories in the months leading up to the elections.
Future of Boca Juniors Elections
Despite attempts at conciliation, any new date for the elections within December appears unviable due to the club's statutes and lack of available weekends, with December 17 being the only possible date, but still contrary to the club's statutes. These developments generate significant uncertainty regarding the future political course of Boca Juniors, further highlighting the need for transparency and fairness in electoral processes.