[Community-Discuss] Limit on the number of proxies

Dewole Ajao dewole at tinitop.com
Mon Nov 14 09:17:19 UTC 2016

Perhaps we could ask from the members what the concerns are with 
electronic voting that make them prefer proxies. These should be 
addressed (where possible) to make e-voting more attractive to them.

While last-minute deciders may desire to keep e-voting open for a while 
longer than onsite paper ballots (possibly to ensure that they place 
their money on a horse that's still in the race), I don't think the 
Mauritius Companies Act allows that at the moment. My (possibly 
inaccurate) interpretation is that our electronic votes fall within the 
provision for "postal votes" which are to be tallied at the meeting and 
annexed to the minutes of the meeting. I believe the maximum that can be 
allowed is to do the paper ballots earlier in the day and tally the 
electronic votes a few hours after (but before the close of the meeting).


On 14/11/2016 08:48, Alan Barrett wrote:
>> On 14 Nov 2016, at 11:33, Saul Stein <saul at enetworks.co.za> wrote:
>> Personally i would like to focus on removing the need to have proxies in the first place.
>> We need to be able to easily vote for elections, resolutions and policy online.
>> Open the voting a week before and keep it open x days after to enable people who are away to catchup and vote.
>> This would resolve the need for people to carry proxies and thus the possibility to sway results
> I agree that electronic voting removes the need for proxies.  I think it would be good if everybody voted electronically, and nobody asked for a paper ballot or a proxy.  Unfortunately, I think that we are legally required to allow voting via proxy.
> We already encourage electronic voting, we open electronic voting some time before the meeting, and we try to make electronic voting easy.
> I don’t understand how we could keep electronic voting open for a few days after the meeting.  How could we count the votes and announce the result if voting is still open?
> Alan Barrett
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