Thank you for your letter of 15 February.
As I have not seen the original Council pronouncement I would be very grateful for a copy.
Your letter also refers to a previous legal opinion. However, as a candidate for council elections 1 have never been made aware of this. Nor have ACCA members (potential council members) ever been made aware of this. This information has not formed any part of any package sent by yourself to me in my capacity as a council election candidate either this year or in any previous year. I am neither aware of the legal opinion nor the circumstances surrounding the election address of the candidate for the International Assembly. How long was his/her election address? What words did you delete? When did this occur? As you are seeking to enforce a precedent and a legal opinion which has neither been made public nor made available to council election candidates 1 would be grateful for a copy of the relevant legal opinion and related information.
May 1 also draw your attention to point 2 of my letter of 15th February
in which I asked, "Please indicate what constitutes a 'word' and how long
it shall be". I would be very grateful for some guidance on this.
16 February 2000
Further to our recent correspondence 1 have now further revised (see
enclosed) my council election address. It is now 164 words long and
thus considerably short of the 180 word limit.
Prem Sikka has been a member since 1977. He is Professor of Accounting at the University of Essex.
Prem seeks to strengthen the Association by encouraging it to be more open, democratic and accountable. He believes that in common with other professional bodies, the Association should 'open' its Council meetings and hold direct elections for officeholders. He believes that the 'Proxy voting system, is not appropriate and would like to see an end to the censorship of the ACCA magazine. At the time of writing (1 1 February 2000), members have still not been informed (also see http:/lvisar.csustan.edu/aaba/aaba.htm) about their 28% share of the cost of the new UK regulatory arrangements (which could be £5 million), the lawsuits in the UK and the subsidisation of students in China, or the absence of an independent ombudsman to adjudicate disputes with its members.
Prem feels that Council's Code of Practice prevents council members
from speaking on matters of public interest and is unable to support it.