This was confirmed by Di Parker from auDA. (Her position is “Director Corporate and Regulatory Services and Company Secretary”). I trust Di absolutely – she has integrity, and is a stickler for proper procedure.
So you need not fear any retribution if you do happen to support the Members resolution:
“That Stuart Benjamin be removed as a director of the Company with immediate effect.”
Last Monday, I emailed Di, and asked her (amongst other things):
“Are you the only person within auDA that will see the proxy votes both before and after the meeting? The reason I ask this question is that there a number of members who have expressed fear of retribution if they vote in the affirmative for the motion. I can understand their concern – but I would have thought that you’d have this under control?”
Her reply (in part) was:
“Firstly, I assure you that as with the AGM, I am the only auDA employee who has access to and/or views the proxies and/or ballots. This will be the same process for the SGM.”
I then followed up and asked her “why don’t we have secret ballots like we used to?” And also:
“Even though I have great faith in what you say, the fact is members may have a fear of recrimination if they believe someone at auDA will find out which way he / she / they voted.”
Her subsequent reply was very reassuring:
“Thank you for the feedback and suggestion. I can confirm that the SGM will facilitate anonymous voting.”
Only One Thing Outstanding
Erhan Karabardak should recuse himself from being Chair for the SGM. I wrote to the CEO about this last week (with a cc to Di Parker and Erhan).
“Please note our extreme objection to this.
Whilst this in no way is meant to reflect on Erhan’s integrity, the fact remains he has a conflict of interest. As a lawyer, he would understand this. Stuart Benjamin is a client of his – plus they have been personal friends for a long time.
We would suggest that one of the other two independent Directors be Chair for the meeting.”
Ned O’Meara – 17th July 2017