Fifa presidential candidate Prince Ali Bin Al Hussein of Jordan said that he is the only contender for the post that supports a secret ballot for Friday 26 February's election. One of five people vying to replace disgraced Sepp Blatter as president of Fifa, Prince Ali was talking a day after his request to the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) for a delay the vote on concerns over the voting booths was turned down.
Worried that delegates might use their mobile phones to photograph their ballot sheets in a vote which is supposed to be secret, Ali had demanded transparent booths. His campaign team even had some of the booths flown in and displayed them to the media at a warehouse on the outskirts of Zurich. Nevertheless, CAS rejected his request.
"As a candidate let me make it clear to you all, I'm the only candidate that respects the fact that this is a secret ballot, and I have not asked any country or any FA to come out and publicly declare support. If it's a secret ballot then they have the right to vote on the day the way they choose," Prince Ali told reporters.
The introduction of a group of respected figures, led by former Secretary-General of the United Nations Kofi Annan, is one of Prince Ali's promises to help lead Fifa out of its crisis.
"Obviously we have to have change across the board. I will, first of all, bring in an oversight group to advise the president. It will be led by Kofi Annan and it will be composed of very respected figures from across the world to help us along the process and in order to restore confidence to our members and the world as a whole," he said.
"I believe this is a democracy and I have to fight for what I believe in and I believe I'm the best candidate at this time to get things done. It's not a matter of making deals – that has exactly been what's been wrong with Fifa in the past."