The Theosophical Society (Adyar)

President Elections 2008

Voting Results and related documents

TS International Secretary notification
Voting Results
TS Executive Committee Declaration

PRESIDENTIAL ELECTION 2008

Under the authority of the Executive Committee of the Theosophical Society, I hereby certify that, in accordance with Rule 10 of the Rules and Regulations of the said Society, the Election Committee appointed by the Executive Committee counted the results of the voting communicated to the International Secretary by the General Secretaries of National Societies and Sections, Regional and Organizing Secretaries, Presidential Representatives and the votes of Lodges and Fellows-at-Large attached to Headquarters. The Executive Committee checked them and declared the result as follows:

Dr John Algeo 4,323 votes
Mrs Radha Burnier 8,560 votes

Mary Anderson
International Secretary

***

In accordance with the requirements of Rule 10 of the Rules and Regulations of The Theosophical Society and the results of the voting shown above, which have been checked by the Election Committee and the Executive Committee, Mrs Radha Burnier is hereby declared re- elected President of the Theosophical Society for a further term of office from 17 July 2008.

Mary Anderson
International Secretary

1 July 2008

VOTING RESULTS OF PRESIDENTIAL ELECTION 2008

 

No.

Name of
Section etc.

Members
eligible to Vote

Votes
received

Votes for
John Algeo

Votes for
Radha Burnier

Invalid
Votes

             

1.

Africa, E./Central

229

141

28

113

-

2.

Africa, South

233

156

153

3

-

3.

Africa, West

196

45

6

39

-

4.

Am, Central* = El Salvador

14

14

-

5.

Argentina

238

187

39

140

8

6.

Asia , S.E.**

148

91

25

64

2

7.

Australia

908

408

238

158

12

8.

Austria

56

29

20

9

-

9.

Belgium

79

44

41

3

-

10.

Bolivia

92

71

59

10

2

11.

Brazil

572

379

66

306

7

12.

Canada ***

 

 

 

 

 

13.

Chile

20

18

14

4

-

14.

Colombia

40

33

32

1

-

15.

Costa Rica

45

33

4

29

-

16.

Cuba

303

201

179

22

-

17.

Dominican Rep.

38

33

16

14

3

             

 

Carried over

3,197

1,883

920

929

34


No.

Name of
Section etc.

Members
eligible to Vote

Votes
received

Votes for
John Algeo

Votes for
Radha Burnier

Invalid
Votes

             
 

Brought over

3,197

1,883

920

929

34

             

18.

England

675

348

244

101

3

19.

Finland

382

219

157

62

-

20.

France

249

147

107

35

5

21.

Germany

98

68

44

24

-

22.

Greece

46

23

7

16

-

23.

Hungary

25

19

5

14

-

24.

Iceland

360

58

41

17

-

25.

India

9,061

6,861

729

6,110

22

26.

Indonesia

150

81

50

29

2

27.

Ireland

34

26

21

5

-

28.

Italy

1087

432

287

142

3

29.

Ivory Coast

10

10

4

6

-

30.

Mexico

141

14

127

-

31.

Netherlands

357

166

120

46

-

32.

New Zealand

583

292

188

93

11

33.

Norway

14

9

1

6

2

             
 

Carried over

16,328

10,783

2,939

7,762

82


No.

Name of
Section etc.

Members
eligible to Vote

Votes
received

Votes for
John Algeo

Votes for
Radha Burnier

Invalid
Votes

             
 

Brought over

16,328

10,783

2,939

7,762

82

             

34.

Pakistan

124

69

5

64

--

35.

Peru

21

20

1

19

--

36.

Philippines

152

76

51

23

2

37.

Portugal

135

69

64

4

1

38.

Puerto Rico

43

20

14

6

--

39.

Scotland

92

34

18

16

--

40.

Slovenia

63

53

14

36

3

41.

Spain

261

148

95

50

3

42.

Sri Lanka

158

67

7

60

--

43.

Sweden

109

52

41

5

6

44.

Switzerland

41

19

16

3

-

45.

Togo

46.

U.S.A.

2,757

1,234

968

253

13

47.

Uruguay

34

18

14

4

-

48.

Venezuela

12

10

1

9

-

49.

Wales

36

26

21

5

-

             
 

Carried over

20,366

12,698

4,269

8,319

110


No.

Name of
Section etc.

Members
eligible to Vote

Votes
received

Votes for
John Algeo

Votes for
Radha Burnier

Invalid
Votes

             
 

Brought over

20,366

12,698

4,269

8,319

110

             
 

Lodges attached to Adyar

             

50.

Croatia (Zagreb)

11

10

1

9

-

51.

Israel (Tel Aviv)

59

31

20

11

-

52.

Japan (Tokyo)

40

21

11

10

-

53.

Singapore

202

193

6

187

-

54.

Ukraine (Kiev & Yalta)

15

15

-

15

-

55.

Ecuador (El Sol)

             

56.

FAL Totals
(Denmark, France, Honduras, Panama,
Russia, Vietnam)

31

25

16

9

-

             
 

GRAND TOTALS

20,724

12,993

4,323

8,560

110

             
 
* It was possible to organize voting in El Savador only
** Voting results were not received from all areas in the S.E. Asia Presidential Agency
*** It was not possible to organize voting in Canada

TS Executive Committee Declaration

Communications from the French and other Sections and a Lodge to their members

The Executive Committee members are of the view that the National Board of the French Section in issuing their communication dated 29 March 2008 to their members had acted wrongly and illegally. The official body should not have taken a position on the merits or demerits of candidates. The National Board of the French Section had violated Appendix B of the Rules which states that, apart from the voting papers together with the nominators' names and candidates' biographical data, 'other material concerning the candidates shall not be circulated'. Rule 10(e) specifies that the votes should be taken in accordance with the instructions in Appendix B.

Furthermore, the communication of the French Section contained incorrect and misleading information concerning the health and functioning of one of the candidates, namely Mrs Radha Burnier.

The Election Committee enclosed with its letter of 18 April 2008 medical certificates regarding Mrs Burnier's health and asked the National Board of the French Section to take immediate action to counteract the impression created in its letter of 29 March 2008. The National Board of the French Section had refused to do so and had justified its stand.

The Executive Committee was of the view that the action of the National Board of the French Section had cast a cloud on this election and that such action amounts to election malpractice.

The Executive Committee also noted that there were communications in other Sections and a Lodge, notably the USA, Brazil and Singapore, where officers signing or writing in their official capacity had indicated preferences for one of the candidates.

The Executive Committee was of the view that action could be taken to countermand the votes from the Sections/Lodge mentioned above and to direct repolling after suitable clarification had been sent to their members. However, in the larger interest of the Society and taking all considerations into account, including the views expressed in the meeting of 14 June 2008, the Executive Committee decided by consensus not to countermand the votes of the members of any Sections or Lodges. The results of the election can thus be declared on 1 July 2008.

The Executive Committee further resolved to submit a motion to the General Council under Rule 10 to make suitable Rules and Regulations for the proper conduct of elections, including the prohibition of canvassing by official bodies and the procedure for countermanding votes in cases of violation of election rules and procedure.

Executive Committee, TS

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