There are two types of shareholders resolutions.
- Ordinary Resolution
- Special Resolution
An ordinary resolution is a resolution whereby the votes that are cast in support of the resolution exceeds the votes that are cast against it. In short, the resolution needs more than 50 per cent of the votes to be passed. If there are 100 shareholders present each with 1 equal vote, the resolution will require 51 votes for it to be passed.
To pass a shareholders resolution, a general meeting needs to be convened. A notice for meeting needs to be sent out to the shareholders, commonly referred to as members as well, to let them know os the meeting. For private companies, there has to be at least 14 days notice and for public companies, the notice has to be at least 21 days. The notice period can be shorter if 95 per cent of the shareholders agree to hold the meeting earlier.
Some businesses which require an ordinary resolution to be passed include but are not limited to:
- The adoption of the final accounts
- The declaration of dividends
- The removal and appointment of Directors and their remuneration
- The removal and appointment of Auditors and their remuneration
Please note that certain companies may not be using the Model Constitution and thus the provisions in their constitution may differ. Before making any changes, it is important that the person administering the changes takes a look at the Company’s Constitution to understand how those changes are to be made. It is important to comply with the Company’s Constitution and the Companies Act.
When in doubt, seek legal advice or consult an experienced ACRA Filing Agent.
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