This excerpt taken from the ICI 6-K filed Mar 21, 2007.
Continuing the voting procedure adopted for Shareholder meetings held since 2002, the Resolutions will be put to a poll, rather than a show of hands, at this Annual General Meeting. As the adoption of resolutions at general meetings of the Company is important, we wish to make sure that there is an accurate record of the votes cast by all Shareholders, and that the vote is not restricted to those Shareholders who are able to attend the Meeting.
The Company has a large number of Shareholders, the majority of whom are not able to attend the Annual General Meeting. The Board feels strongly that a poll vote gives fairer weight to the views of all Shareholders and that a broad representation of views is essential to ensure maximum involvement on the part of all Shareholders in the Companys decision-making process.