Question: I was told AGM vote was not valid as I had sent it in 12 hrs before instead of 24 hours. Why are the rules around voting at AGMs so strict?
My ballot vote for our AGM was rejected as I sent it in 12 hrs before instead of 24 hours before, so I was told it was no longer valid.
I had no idea the rules around this were so strict? Is there anything else I can do to have my vote considered?
Answer: Unfortunately, in your case, your vote was submitted after the deadline and therefore could not be counted.
Under Regulation 15 of the strata regulations, the secretary of the owners corporation must give information about the “closing date” of the ballot for pre-meeting electronic voting. Under sub-section (8) “close of the ballot”, for a meeting of the owners corporation, is defined to be 24 hours before the commencement of the meeting.
Unfortunately, in your case, your vote was submitted after the deadline and therefore could not be counted. Now that you are aware of this legislative requirement, please ensure you submit your notes no later than 24 hours before the commencement of the meeting and vote otherwise strictly in accordance with the instructions provided to you.
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