FIA presidential candidate David Ward is to refer incumbent Jean Todt to the Federation's Ethics Committee "about attempts to distort the election process".
Ward, an ally of former FIA president Max Mosley, confirmed last month that he would run for the top job in motorsport while Todt revealed in Italy over the weekend that he will stand for a second term.
However, the gloves are already off as Ward believes his rival has used official FIA meetings to get clubs to sign "support agreements".
A statement on his website read: "The FIA arranges and pays for meetings around the world, including to discuss how regions will benefit from future FIA activities and resources. It emerges that, at these meetings, a number of clubs have been asked to sign formal written commitments to support Jean Todt's re-election bid, in the form of 'support agreements'."
Ward added: "It is vital that the FIA election processes are conducted in a fair, democratic and transparent manner. I believe that demanding signature of support agreements in these circumstances represents a serious violation of the FIA's rules, regulations and ethical code. The complaint will enable the Ethics Committee to investigate the legitimacy of these agreements, the circumstances in which signatures were demanded, and whether it is an appropriate use of the FIA's resources for its staff and management to pursue Mr. Todt's personal re-election ambitions at official FIA regional meetings."
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