This excerpt taken from the ICI 20-F filed Mar 31, 2006.
Voting at any general meeting of shareholders is by a show of hands unless a poll, which is a written vote, is duly demanded. On a show of hands, every shareholder present in person at a general meeting, including the duly authorised representative of a corporate holder of the Companys shares which is not itself a shareholder entitled to vote, has one vote regardless of the number of shares held. On a poll, every shareholder who is present in person or by proxy has one vote for every share held by that shareholder. For all future general meetings, the Company intends to put resolutions to a poll rather than a show of hands.
A poll may be demanded by any of the following:
A proxy has the authority to demand a poll or to join others in demanding one. Matters are transacted at the Companys general meetings by the proposal and approval of three kinds of resolutions:
An ordinary resolution requires the affirmative vote of a majority of the votes of those persons present in person or, where proxies are allowed (i.e. on a poll), by proxy and voting at a meeting at which there is a quorum. Special and extraordinary resolutions require the affirmative vote of not less than three-fourths of the votes of those present in person or, where proxies are allowed (i.e. on a poll), by proxy and voting at a meeting at which there is a quorum. In the case of an equality of votes, whether on a show of hands or on a poll, the chairman of the meeting is entitled to cast the deciding vote in addition to any other vote he or she may have as a shareholder.