COUNCIL ELECTIONS TO BE RIGGED AGAIN
ballot papers for ACCA council elections are being printed. As usual
members would be invited to vote but less and less take up that option
each year because council elections are routinely rigged. Less than 10%
of ACCA members ever bother voting because their vote does not count.
ACCA uses a voting system known as 'delegated proxy' voting system. The
ballot paper contains names of candidates. The ballot paper also
invites ACCA members to abdicate their democratic responsibilities and
nominate an unlected officeholder (usually president) to vote for
them. The name of the president is usually pre-printed on the
ballot paper. Unless members cross out his/her name the proxy votes
automatically to him/her.
ACCA president casts around 20-25% of all the votes cast. By
casting hundreds of votes President effectively fixes the outcome of
the elections to ensure that all the cronies get in. The President does
not tell the AGM which candidates benefitted from this rigging. S/he
does not inform council either. Presidents have been known to consult
chief executive (the previous and current are not ACCA members) and a
small cadre of 'insiders' to decide how to cast his/her vote to ensure
that cronies get in and reformers are kept out.. The ACCA
voting system is corrupt and unaccountable. The inevitable result is
that no one with any
proposals for reforms is elected. ACCA controllers continue to enjoy
their exorbitant salaries and expenses.
members Pat Carruthers and Anthony Thomas have openly said that the ‘proxy
voting system’ is undemocratic and open to abuse as it enables one
person (President) to exercise disproportionate influence. As a result
council is 'appointed' rather than elected.
The voting system
used by ACCA is unlawful for the UK national and local elections and
election of Members of European Parliament. It is specifically
forbidden for all elections for trade unions and also for the
election of mayors. Enron, Worldcom and Parmalat are some of the
corporations that used the delegated proxy system. ACCA
leadership clings to this archaic system of voting to perpetuate its
control and privileges.
Most ACCA members have no confidence in the unelected leadership and
officialdom. Yet they cannot express that through the ballot box
because council election votes continue to be rigged.