Sectional title corner – How to resolve election deadlocks
Hi Karien, we have a problem! At the AGM it was decided to elect six trustees. At the first trustees meeting after the AGM we took a vote on who would be the chairperson. We reached a deadlock – three of us voted for Alex and three voted for Peter. The previous chairman says that he has a casting vote and he therefore uses it to vote for Alex and that makes Alex the new chairperson. I voted for Peter and the trustees who voted with me are not happy with this outcome. – Paul
Hi Paul, it is indeed a predicament. This is why we always suggest that the AGM rather decides on and elects an uneven number of trustees. The previous chairman has it right – but only halfway. Yes, the chairperson has a casting vote (and only at trustee meetings where there is a deadlock of votes); but he is no longer the chairperson! He automatically stepped down as chairperson at the AGM. That is precisely why you are voting on who will be the chairperson. The bad news is that you are indeed at a deadlock. You will have to negotiate with each other and see if anyone cannot be swayed to vote for someone else. If you have tried everything and there is still a deadlock, I would suggest you compromise and vote on a third person altogether.
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Who is Karien Coetzee?
Karien Coetzee is the national property management consultant at property management company, Trafalgar. She holds qualifications in sectional title schemes management and homeowners association management.