This is shaping up to an election that is being played out in a rather nasty fashion on social media with the current leadership and its supporters responding to allegations by their challengers in a way that does no credit to them, FIDE or chess.
FIDE has at least made its position clear although it might be challenged. I do however think that all three sides (or at least two) benefit from this ruling should it remain as it is stated currently.
I might be reading this wrong but it does seem that in fact there can be exclusions!
Two well known and prominent FIDE officials are delegates of two of these National Chess Federations, both who do not seem to have any rated players and which do not seem to have any participation in international competition.