27. VOTING OF POWERS OF MEMBERS
(1) [Save as otherwise provided in sub-sections (2) to (7), both inclusive, no member of any society shall have more than one vote in its affairs; and every powers of right to vote shall be exercised personally, and not by proxy :
Provided that, in the case of an equality of votes the Chairman shall have a casting vote.]
(2) Where a share of a society is held .jointly by more than one person, [the person whose name stands first in the share certificate, if present, shall have the right to vote. But in his absence the person whose name stands second, and in the absence of both, the person whose name stands next and likewise, in the absence of the preceding persons the person whose name next on the share certificate, who is present and who is not a minor, shall have the right to vote.]
(3) A society, which has invested any part of its funds in the shares of another society, may appoint one of its members to vote on its behalf in the affairs of that other society; and accordingly such member shall have the right to vote on behalf of the first society; [Provided that,] where the election is to a reserved seat under section 73-B, no person shall have more than one vote.]
(4) A company or any other body corporate constituted under any law for the time being in force which has invested any part of its funds in the shares of a society may appoint any one of its directors or officer to vote on its behalf in the affairs of such society: and accordingly such director or officer shall have the right to vote on behalf of the company or body corporate.
(5) Where a firm has invested any part of its funds in the shares of a society, any one of its partners [appointed by the firm] shall be entitled to vote in the affairs of the society on behalf of the firm.
(6) A local authority or public trust which has invested any part of its funds in the shares of a society, may appoint any of its members or trustees, to vote on its behalf in the affairs of that society; and accordingly such persons shall have the right to vote on behalf of the local authority or the public trust, as the case may be.
(7) In the case of a federal society, the voting rights of individual members thereof shall be such as may be regulated by the rules made under this Act and by the by-laws of the society.
(8) No nominal, or sympathiser member shall have the right to vote [and no such member shall be eligible to be a member of a committee or for appointment as a representative of the society on any other society].
(9) No nominee of the Government or any financing bank on the committee of any society shall be entitled to vote at any election of officers of such committee such as, the President, Vice-President, Chairman, Vice-Chairman, Secretary, Treasurer or any other officer by whatsoever designation called, who holds the office by virtue of his election to that office.],
(10) [In the case of an agricultural credit society, if a member has taken a loan from the society, such member shall, whenever he is a defaulter in paying two or more consecutive installments towards repayment of the loan on the due dates, have no right to vote in the affairs of the society : Provided that, a member shall not be deemed to be a defaulter, if he has discharged his obligation to deliver his marketable produce to the marketing or processing society and the value of such produce is not less than the amount of his dues, even if the actual settlement of his due, either in whole or in part, takes place at a later stage.
(11) The agricultural credit society may issue suitable orders for the purpose of carrying out the provisions of sub-section (10)].