(1) Directors who are required under section 342 to obtain an independent report on a poll or polls must appoint a person they consider to be appropriate (an “independent assessor”) to prepare a report for the company on it or them.
(2) The appointment must be made within one week after the company being required to obtain the report.
(3) The directors must not appoint a person who—
(a) does not meet the independence requirement in section 344, or
(b) has another role in relation to any poll on which he is to report (including, in particular, a role in connection with collecting or counting votes or with the appointment of proxies).
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