Directors back election plan
FOOTBALL: Plymouth Argyle's board of directors are 'entirely comfortable' with the election process for a new supporters' group which will oversee the operation of the club.
They have responded to criticism from the Argyle Fans' Trust (AFT), who had called for the vote to be aborted.
The results of the election for the Plymouth Argyle Supervisory Board are set to be announced shortly.
The AFT have highlighted what they describe as 'a series of problems and mistakes' in the process over the last eight months.
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They included sending ballot papers to the club's junior members, some as young as two-years-old.
The AFT are also concerned the scope of the Supervisory Board is too vague.
They believe it has caused confusion over the relationship between the AFT and the Supervisory Board.
The AFT also complained the hustings were poorly organised and then cancelled, leaving no route for supporters to query the candidates.
In response, a club spokesman told Herald Sport: "The Plymouth Argyle Supervisory Board will be an important part of the governance structure of the football club.
"While it was appropriate for the club's Board to outline the parameters for the supervisory role of the PASB, it is the Board's view that it would breach good governance for the club to be involved in a process to select its own supervisory body.
"Professor David Wheeler, the Dean of Plymouth Business School, and club president Chris Webb were asked to assess the electoral process, and, following consultation with supporters' bodies, they appointed the Electoral Reform Society to run the election.
"The Board is entirely comfortable with this leadership."
The AFT issued a second, updated statement on their concerns over the election process earlier this week.
In it, they said: "The Trust would like to reiterate we believe the establishment of a Supervisory Board to oversee the decisions and finances of the club at boardroom level is highly desirable, and we share (owner and chairman) James Brent's aim to have a model that is amongst the top examples of supporter governance in the country.
"While the issues with the election process should be resolved with the agreement of the candidates and supporter group representatives involved, it is the Trust's belief it is desirable to find a means to quickly form an interim Supervisory Board."
The AFT again called for fresh elections to be held as soon as possible.
They added: "The Trust believes that if appropriate action is taken now, the process of establishing a high quality, inclusive, supporter-driven Supervisory Board can be quickly brought back on track."