More than a quarter of the International Boxing Association's (AIBA) members will be unable to vote in the organisation's crucial Presidential election, according to figures published by the governing body.
AIBA said 143 of its 200 National Federations (NFs) - 71.5 per cent - would be eligible to cast their choice in the election, which could include as many as seven candidates.
A total of 57 NFs are set to be forced to watch the virtual December 12 and 13 Congress, the outcome of which is considered vital if AIBA is to restore its status with the International Olympic Committee, from the sidelines.
It is likely the majority of the ineligible members have not paid their fee to AIBA and can therefore not vote in the election.
Eligibility of NFs has been a bone of contention in the lead-up to the election after ethical concerns were raised regarding an offer made by the Dominican Republic Boxing Federation (FEDOBOXA) to pay the membership fees of nine countries so they could vote at the Congress.
The FEDOBOXA - which nominated Domingo Solano for President - transferred a total of $4,800 (£3,700/€4,000) to the Americas Boxing Confederation (AMBC) to cover the dues of nine NFs - Saint Maarten, The Bahamas, Antigua and Barbuda, Virgin Islands, Dominica, Anguilla, Bermuda, Haiti and Suriname.
AMBC President Osvaldo Bisbal reported the "disturbing case" of the payment in a letter to the heads of the AIBA Disciplinary and Ethics Commissions, which are looking into the case.
All nine NFs are absent from the list of members eligible to vote in the election, set for December 12.
Bisbal has also accused Interim AIBA President Mohamed Moustahsane - among the candidates for President - of "manipulating the eligibility" of the NFs in Colombia and Venezuela, who had been granted an extension to pay their membership fees by the governing body.
Colombia and Venezuela have not been included on the list of eligible NFs.
Umar Kremlev, secretary general of the Russian Boxing Federation, Asian Boxing Confederation President Anas Al Otaiba from the United Arab Emirates and Azerbaijan's Suleyman Mikayilov - all of whom served on the Executive Committee under Gafur Rakhimov, who stood down amid allegations he was involved in heroin trafficking, which he denies - are also running for President.
Boris van der Vorst, President of the Dutch Boxing Federation and Germany’s Ramie Al-Masri are the other candidates.
Just 44 per cent of NFs in Oceania can vote, with the figure rising to only 49 per cent in the Americas and 67 per cent in Africa.
Eighty-eight per cent of Asian NFs can participate in the election, while the highest figure comes in Europe, where 90 per cent are able to vote.
An absolute majority is required for candidates to win the AIBA Presidency, with the official who receives the lowest number of votes being eliminated in each round until there are two left.
AIBA has been without a permanent President since Rakhimov's resignation last March.
insidethegames has contacted AIBA for comment.