ACCA Members show no confidence in Council
Once again ACCA
members have given thumbs down to council members. There is no point is
voting because council members are "appointed"
rather than elected. Unelected officeholders cast hundreds of votes to
negate members wishes.
In addition, ACCA officers have been known to unilaterally change
election statements by the candidates. The incumbent
officeholders travel the world, at members' expense, to secure support
for their puppets. ACCA officials
campaign through e-mails and websites, but council election candidates
are prevented from communicating with members via e-mail and website.
Election candidates are restricted to a 180 word statement, which must
include some biographical data. This leaves no room to put forward any
reforms and that suits the unelected leadership. Faced with these
hurdles ACCA members choose to withhold their support for the system.
They refuse to vote.
ACCA has the lowest turnout for election votes amongst any recognised
accountancy body. Are ACCA members' more apthetic? No, they simply have
no confidence in the system. But the leadership does not care. Numerous
promises of reforms have come to nothing.
For the 2005 council elections, out of a membership of 105,000 only
6,100 voted (or 5.8%) voted. Of these 739 votes were cast by the
officeholders. Would anyone have a confidence in an election of similar
Surprise surprise, the incoming President (unelected to his office by
members) secured the biggest vote of 3,639 (just 3.47% of the
membership), which must include the maximum proxy vote. Individuals
securing just 2,285 votes (or 2.18% of the membership) have been
"appointed" to the council. Even in a banana republic, people have the
decency to recognise that this does not give them any mandate to
ACCA council does not and cannot represent members. It has no
democratic mandate. The power brokers are not interested in reforms.
Their main concern is to routinely pick members' pockets.