World Sailing staging a virtual Presidential election later this year has moved a step closer after the Board asked member national associations (MNAs) including Bermuda to vote on a resolution to hold an electronic Annual General Assembly (AGM).
A written resolution has been sent to MNAs by the Board following a report from a committee set up to assess the options for the AGM, which had been due to be hosted by Abu Dhabi in November.
The review committee recommended the AGM and General Assembly, where President Kim Andersen is set to be challenged in the election by Spanish veteran Gerardo Seeliger, be staged virtually because of the coronavirus pandemic.
MNAs have been given until June 18th to cast their vote in the resolution, which will be used if World Sailing decides to have its AGM virtually.
A decision on the status of the event is set to be made on August 1st, and World Sailing is expected to give the green light to a remote election.
The document says the 2020 AGM and General Assembly - the meeting at which the election takes place - "will not be held in person".
The AGM "shall be held virtually by such electronic means as Board shall decide jointly with the Election Committee", the resolution adds.
"The proceedings shall be as valid and effective as if the meeting had been held in person," the document reads.
The committee said World Sailing "should proceed to hold its elections remotely via electronic means via the use of an independent third party".