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The Occupational Pension Schemes (Member-nominated Trustees and Directors) Regulations (Northern Ireland) 1996

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2.—(1) If the number of persons duly nominated to fill vacancies for member-nominated trustees does not exceed the number of vacancies, those persons shall become member-nominated trustees.

(2) If the number of persons duly nominated to fill vacancies for member-nominated trustees exceeds the number of vacancies, those vacancies must be filled by those nominees elected by a ballot of the active members, conducted by the trustees of the scheme in accordance with sub-paragraph (3) and in the manner specified in the notice under sub-paragraph (4).

(3) Each member may vote only for one of the nominees and the vacancy or, as the case may be, vacancies shall be filled by the nominee or, as the case may be, the nominees for whom the most votes are cast (with a tie between nominees being resolved by those nominees drawing lots).

(4) Not later than 14 days after the last date on which nominations may be made the trustees of the scheme shall give notice in writing to the active members specifying—

(a)the procedure to be used for the ballot (including whether it is to be conducted so as to secure that those voting do so in secret);

(b)the last date on which votes may be cast (being a date not less than 14 days nor more than one month after the date on which the notice is given), and

(c)the arrangements to be made for overseeing the conduct of the ballot, and for the counting of the votes and the declaration of the result.

(5) If the arrangements provide that, where a vacancy for a member-nominated trustee is not filled because insufficient nominations are received, the vacancy is to be filled—

(a)further nominations to fill that vacancy may be made at any time during the period beginning with the day after the last date specified in the notice under paragraph 1(1) originally inviting nominations in respect of the vacancy and ending with the time mentioned in regulation 21, and

(b)where a person is duly nominated in that period, he is selected to fill that vacancy on the date that nomination is made or, if there is more than one nomination, the first person nominated is selected.

(6) If the arrangements provide that, where a vacancy for a member-nominated trustee is not filled because insufficient nominations are received, the vacancy is to remain, the next period in which persons may be nominated and selected to fill that vacancy is—

(a)if the trustees of the scheme consent, the period—

(i)beginning with the day after the last date specified in the last notice under paragraph 1(1) inviting nominations for the vacancy, and

(ii)ending with the time mentioned in regulation 21;

(b)otherwise, the period—

(i)beginning with the period during which nominations could be made to select a new member-nominated trustee if the vacancy had been filled and the member-nominated trustee appointed had completed his period of office, and

(ii)ending with the time mentioned in regulation 21.

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