Board election procedures
FGT Membership Sectors
FGT’s membership consists of growers focused on 3 key production sectors.
- pomefruit (including apples, pears, and quinces)
- stonefruit (including cherries, apricots, peaches, plums, nectarines)
- berries (including strawberries, blueberries, Rubus berries)
When submitting annual membership information, members are required to identify which of these sectors they wish to be registered as members of.
FGT members can nominate to be members of more than one sector if they produce fruit across different industry sectors. FGT members looking to be listed as members of multiple industry sectors are required to identify which of these sectors they wish to be registered as members of.
FGT’s governing documents restrict which members are able to elect board representatives for different industries.
- Only FGT pomefruit members are entitled to vote for pomefruit industry representatives on the FGT board.
- Only FGT stonefruit members are entitled to vote for stonefruit industry representatives on the FGT board.
- Only FGT berry members are entitled to vote for berry industry representative on the FGT board.
Where an FGT member is a member is registered as a member of more than sector, that member is entitled to vote for industry representatives in every sector they are a registered member of.
Issuing of voting papers
FGT Members will be issued ballot papers for each industry sector of which they are a registered member. Separate ballot papers will be issued for each of the following positions
- Pomefruit industry representatives
- Stonefruit industry representatives
- Berry industry representative
Members will be assigned their ballot papers when they sign-in for the meeting. To streamline this process, members attending the AGM are requested to report to the sign-in desk as soon as they arrive at the AGM venue.
Members unable to attend the meeting can request their ballot papers be posted to them.
Members unable to attend the meeting can also appoint a proxy to attend the meeting and vote on their behalf.
Ballots for contested elections will be conducted using an anonymous “Approval Ballot System”.
Within this system, voters are asked to place a mark on the ballot paper next to any/all candidate that they support. Each voter can vote only once for each candidate and all votes will be weighted evenly. There are no limits to the number of candidates which can be endorsed.
Election winners will be decided by the total number of supporting votes received.
Where multiple positions are available, the candidate with the highest number of votes will be elected until all available positions are filled.
In the event of one position being available and two or more candidates all receiving the same number of supporting votes, a second ballot will he held between these candidate only.
Uncontested nominees will be taken to be elected immediately in accordance with IARM Section 26(2) and (3).