(1) It is the duty of the directors of a public company to take all reasonable steps to secure that the secretary (or each joint secretary) of the company—
(a) is a person who appears to them to have the requisite knowledge and experience to discharge the functions of secretary of the company, and
(b) has one or more of the following qualifications.
(2) The qualifications are—
(a) that he has held the office of secretary of a public company for at least three of the five years immediately preceding his appointment as secretary;
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