This Q&A about proxy voting in Western Australia has been answered by Andrew Chambers, Chambers Franklyn Strata Management.
Question: What requirements would need to be satisfied for a valid proxy form during the proxy voting process in Western Australia?
Could you clarify whether or not a proxy form for proxy voting is valid in Western Australian if:
- the appointment refers to “a representative of ???” rather than a natural person.
- the proprietor is a not a natural person (ie company or trust or ?) but not sealed or stamped
- a proxy form is completed by a person who refers to having an enduring power of attorney
Further if any of the above are allowed, what additional requirements would need to be satisfied to validify the proxy voting process?
Answer: It is permited for a proxy form to be signed under an Enduring Power of Attorney (EPA).
- The proxy should state the name of the person (I recall many years ago the old Strata Titles Referee made a proxy invalid as it had a “representative of” rather than a name).
- The use of common seals is rare these days. Usually, if it is executed by the company officeholders, that should be sufficient.
- If a proxy is signed under an Enduring Power of Attorney (EPA) then this is permitted under Schedule 1 by law 14 (4). The meeting chair may request to see this to confirm.
This post appears in Strata News #245.
Please note that the above should not be constituted as legal advice, rather my own personal opinion. If in doubt then you should seek legal advice.
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