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Section 109 of the Companies Act 2013: Demand for Poll

SECTION-109 (Demand for Poll) under CHAPTER-VII (Management and Administration) of the Companies Act, 2013

(1) Before or on the declaration of the result of the voting on any resolution on show of hands, a poll may be ordered to be taken by the Chairman of the meeting on his own motion, and shall be ordered to be taken by him on a demand made in that behalf,—
(a) in the case a company having a share capital, by the members present in person or by proxy, where allowed, and having not less than one-tenth of the total voting power or holding shares on which an aggregate sum of not less than five lakh rupees or such higher amount as may be prescribed has been paid-up; and 
(b) in the case of any other company, by any member or members present in person or by proxy, where allowed, and having not less than one-tenth of the total voting power.
(2) The demand for a poll may be withdrawn at any time by the persons who made the demand.

(3) A poll demanded for adjournment of the meeting or appointment of Chairman of the meeting shall be taken forthwith.

(4) A poll demanded on any question other than adjournment of the meeting or appointment of Chairman shall be taken at such time, not being later than forty-eight hours from the time when the demand was made, as the Chairman of the meeting may direct.

(5) Where a poll is to be taken, the Chairman of the meeting shall appoint such number of persons, as he deems necessary, to scrutinise the poll process and votes given on the poll and to report thereon to him in the manner as may be prescribed.

(6) Subject to the provisions of this section, the Chairman of the meeting shall have power to regulate the manner in which the poll shall be taken.

(7) The result of the poll shall be deemed to be the decision of the meeting on the resolution on which the poll was taken.





Extra Notes for Readers

(1) The Companies Act, 2013 received the assent of the President on the 29th August, 2013 (Published in the Gazette of India, Extraordinary, Part II - Section 1 by Ministry of Law and Justice, Legislative Department on 30th August, 2013) - link


(2) Section 109 of the Companies Act 2013 was notified by MCA Notification S.O. 902(E) dated 26th March 2014 (w.e.f. 1st April 2014) - link

(3) Relevant rule(s) of the Companies (Management and Administration) Rules, 2014 - link
  • Rule 21 - Manner in which the Chairman of meeting shall get the poll process scrutinised and report thereon
[Also check further amendments, if any, to the Companies (Management and Administration) Rules, 2014]


(4) Specified IFSC Public Company - MCA Notification G.S.R. 08(E) dated 4th January, 2017 - link

Serial
Number
Provisions of the Companies    Act,    2013 (18 of 2013)
Exceptions/Modifications/Adaptations
24.
Sections 101 to 107 and section 109
Shall apply in case of a Specified IFSC public company, unless otherwise specified in the articles of the company.


(5) Private Companies - MCA Notification G.S.R. 464(E) dated 5th June 2015 - link

Serial
Number
Chapter/Section number/Sub-section(s) in the Companies Act, 2013
Exceptions/Modifications/Adaptations
7.
Chapter VII, sections 101 to 107 and section 109.
Shall apply unless otherwise specified in respective sections or the articles of the company provide otherwise.







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