I personally hope that all the current directors who want to stand
again will put themselves through the same procedures as everyone
else. I certainly intend to. As James says, otherwise they have the
advantage of knowing who else is standing before anyone else does and
that gives them an unfair advantage. I think it would not be a good
impression to give.

Article 17 on its own does, unfortunately, give different rules for
existing directors vs. new candidates. This clause was based on the
default articles which, as you remember when they were drafted,
generally gave more power to directors and less to members than we
were happy. We changed other bits but not this one.

The Election Rules outline a single process with no distinction
between existing directors and new directors. If an existing director
put their name forward at the last minute it would be a nightmare
working out if it was legal or not and hard to administer - what would
you do with all the proxy votes who had already voted in advance?

I'm also not sure what advantage there would be in sending the
information on candidates to the Board (or even just to the company
secretary). The Board is still overseeing the election - they appoint
the tellers after all - can't they just delegate it to them?

Andrew

On Jan 24, 10:56 pm, James Farrar <james.far...@gmail.com> wrote:
> 2009/1/24 Michael Peel <em...@mikepeel.net>:
>
> > On 24 Jan 2009, at 21:53, James Farrar wrote:
>
> >> 2009/1/24 Thomas Dalton <thomas.dal...@gmail.com>:
> >>> 2009/1/24 Andrew Turvey <ratur...@yahoo.co.uk>:
> >>>> Hi all,
>
> >>>> We're looking for one or more people who is able to help the
> >>>> chapter by
> >>>> volunteering to act as a teller for the AGM. Ideally we would
> >>>> want one or
> >>>> two people who could manage the process from start to end:
>
> >>>> - receiving candidates applications by email
>
> >>> You probably want to make sure someone on the board receives those
> >>> emails as well, since it's the board that are responsible for all
> >>> this
> >>> at the end of the day.
>
> >> I would agree, provided that one of the Directors isn't re-standing...
>
> > Is there a reason why the information can't be cc'd to all directors?
>
> My past experience as a returning officer, as a candidate, and as a
> candidate's agent in elections suggests that allowing candidates or
> potential candidates a running commentary of candidates standing
> negatively influences the fairness of an electoral process - and this
> is particularly true when only a subset of potential candidates is
> getting this information.
>
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