Presidential votes put on hold for CCI

Taylar AmoniniNorth West Telegraph

Controversy broke out at the Port Hedland Chamber of Commerce and Industry annual general meeting last week after an argument was sparked over the potential eligibility of presidential nominees.

After allegedly seeking legal advice over “abnormalities surrounding eligibility” of presidential candidates, the executive committee put forward a motion to cancel the election and reopen nominations.

Citing the Associations Incorporation Act 2015, the Chamber committee said questions of eligibility arose after it was found that a nominee was linked to an organisation under external administration, as well as the eligibility of other nominees. While committee members refrained from identifying the candidates in question, Gloria Jacob identified herself as one.

Ms Jacob, a managing director of a number of organisations, claimed she had been the victim of bullying and unfair accusations.

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“I have a problem when the Association Act refers to a person, I am not in bankruptcy, I have never been convicted of a fraud offence or been imprisoned for a fraud offence,” she said.

“So if you have got that advice for me to be disqualified, I really implore (the committee) to share that with the chamber because it worries me that (the committee) have not performed good judgment, not showed transparency and are not showing account-ability.”

In 2016, The Little Ones daycare centre, on which Ms Jacob sits as a co-director, was placed under external administration, allegedly with $1.8 million owing to Westpac and $7.5 million of contingent liabilities.

While the initial motion to re-hold the nominations and voting of president was rejected by the committee, a second motion was agreed upon which meant the counting of the votes was placed on hold for seven days as clarification was sought.

If Ms Jacob is found to be eligible to run, the votes will be counted at the end of this week, and if not, members will simply re-vote on remaining candidates.

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