Rules of Association

17. Quorum and proceedings at general meetings

17.1 At a general meeting 10% of members present in person constitute a quorum.

17.2 If within 30 minutes after the time specified for the holding of a general meeting in a notice given under rule 16.5 or 16.6-

17.2.1 as a result of a request or notice referred to in rule 16.3 or as a result of action taken under rule 16.5 a quorum is not present, the general meeting lapses; or

17.2.2 otherwise than as a result of a request, notice or action referred to in rule 17.2.1, the general meeting stands adjourned to the same time on the same day in the following week and to the same venue.

17.3 If within 30 minutes of the time appointed by rule 17.2.2 for the resumption of an adjourned general meeting a quorum is not present, the members who are present in person or by proxy may nevertheless proceed with the business of that general meeting as if a quorum were present.

17.4 The Chairperson may, with the consent of a general meeting at which a quorum is present, and must, if so directed by such a general meeting, adjourn that general meeting from time to time and from place to place.

17.5 There must not be transacted at an adjourned general meeting any business other than business left unfinished or on the agenda at the time when the general meeting was adjourned.

17.6 When a general meeting is adjourned for a period of 30 days or more, the Secretary must give notice under rule 16 of the adjourned general meeting as if that general meeting were a fresh general meeting.

17.8 At a general meeting-

17.8.1 an ordinary resolution put to the vote will be decided by a majority of votes cast on a show of hands, subject to sub-rule 17.10; and

17.8.2 a special resolution put to the vote will be decided in accordance with section 24 of the Act as defined in rule 2, and, if a poll is demanded, in accordance with sub-rules 17.10 and 17.11.

17.9 A declaration by the Chairperson of a general meeting that a resolution has been passed as an ordinary resolution at the meeting will be evidence of that fact unless, during the general meeting at which the resolution is submitted, a poll is demanded in accordance with 17.10.

17.10 At a general meeting, a poll may be demanded by the Chairperson or by three or more members present in person and, if so demanded, must be taken in such manner as the Chairperson directs.

17.11 If a poll is demanded and taken under rule 17.10 in respect of an ordinary resolution, a declaration by the Chairperson of the result of the poll is evidence of the matter so declared.

17.12 A poll demanded under rule 17.10 must be taken immediately on that demand being made.