Mar 31, 2012 Letters
In my capacity as a member of The Institute of Chartered Accountants of Guyana (ICAG) I was present at the Annual General Meeting (AGM) held on March 29, 2012; at the ICAG office.
The election of the executive for the new term was the key purpose of the meeting. A reasonable person would think that the election process would be held in a scenario where everyone has equal opportunity to be elected to the executive.
The core of my dissent with the process was that non-executive members require two members of the ICAG to recommend a member to be voted unto the executive with the recommendation required to be sent to the ICAG three days before the AGM, while members who are already on the executive and up for “Retirement” do not need to be supported by two members or provide a three day notice before the meeting when ‘’offering’’ themselves up for re-election.
In the absence of new executive members being recommended by other members of the ICAG, the retiring members offer themselves up for re-election to their former posts on the ICAG executive. It was not communicated to members whether the offer to serve again by retiring members is done verbally, in writing or by telepathy.
In my opinion the dichotomy between how a new executive is elected compared to the retiring executive being returned to office makes a charade of the election process.
ICAG needs to review and change the laws governing election of executives to allow for an election process that is fair to all members. When I pointed out the lack of a level playing field, one of my professional colleagues stated that I should be asked to apologise for opining that the election process appears to be a charade.
The chairman of the meeting suggested there was a vacuum on how the election process is conducted. It may be that he will also be asked to apologise!
The same colleague (who asserted that I should be asked to apologise), when I was in the process of renewing my practice licence, stated several years ago while speaking to me on the phone that he was not sure if I was dead or alive, as he had never seen me.
To paraphrase Shakespeare: we do suffer from the insolence of office and the spurns as we live in these interesting times.
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