Candidates elected for club's new fans' board
THE new Plymouth Argyle Supporters Board is starting to take shape.
Six fans will take their places on the PASB after a postal election which attracted 1,426 votes, although 12 were declared void.
One of those elected, John Petrie, withdrew his candidature during the process.
So that meant the nominee who received the seventh most votes, Gary Pollock, will take Petrie's place.
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The number of eligible voters was 4,318, so there was a turnout of 33.02 per cent.
The six fans elected to the PASB were Jon Back (925 votes), Jon Sparkes (915), Edmund Shillabeer (795), Phil Johns (701), Tony Hooper (656) and Gary Pollock (585).
The other candidates were Petrie (837), Alan Barry (558) and Miles Bidgood (555)
The Electoral Reform Society supervised the vote, which Argyle president Chris Webb thought had been a resounding success.
He said: "Given the fact the ballot was held by post and the PASB is a truly ground-breaking initiative, the turnout and level of engagement with the Green Army is fantastic."
Webb added: "Thank you to every candidate that has taken part in the election and congratulations to those that were successful.
"You now carry the great responsibility of representing the best supporters in the world. Good luck."
The rest of the 12-strong PASB will be made up of supporters' group representatives, and two of the six have already been declared.
They are Mark Edwards (Exiles) and Lee Jameson (London branch of the Argyle supporters' club).
This leaves the only vacancies as three delegates for the Argyle Fans' Trust and one between the Cornwall and Plymouth branches of the supporters club.
The Fans' Trust and the Cornwall/Plymouth branches have been asked to confirm their representatives by no later than noon on Friday, November 2.
Then the first PASB meeting can be called as soon as possible after this date and they can start their work overseeing the operation of the club's board of directors.
The response of the AFT will be interesting as they had called for the postal election to be aborted.
They highlighted a series of 'problems and mistakes' surrounding the vote, such as sending out ballot papers to junior members as young as two-years-old.
Argyle's board of directors responded by telling Herald Sport they were 'entirely comfortable' with the leadership of the election process.