Samsung Electronics’ AGM to have thermal cameras, contactless thermometers and use electronic voting

In an effort to stop the spread of the Wuhan coronavirus, Samsung Electronics said, it will be adopt electronic voting for the first time ever in its annual general meeting (AGM) on March 18.

Samsung’s AGM will take place at a convention center in Suwon, around 18 miles (30 km) south of Seoul.

On Monday, Samsung’s investor relations website urged shareholders to cast their vote using the internet up to March 17.

In 2018, Samsung Electronics’ stock underwent a 1-to-50 split leading to a massive increase in shareholder numbers.

The number of Wuhan coronavirus cases in South Korea, which has gone pandemic, has touched 8,236 as of Monday, after South Korea reported 74 new infections.

Samsung Electronics’ move is based on the Korea Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s guidance, with Samsung specifically calling for electronic voting by shareholders who have symptoms, or who have visited high-risk regions, or who are identified as high-risk such as pregnant women and those aged 65 or above.

Samsung’s AGM will see the deployment of thermal cameras and contactless thermometers. Shareholders who show signs of fever or cough may be restricted from entering the premise. Those with a fever at the scene will be directed to a location away from the main hall, said the website.

Other Samsung affiliates, including Samsung Electro-Mechanics, Samsung SDI and Samsung SDS will also hold AGMs on Wednesday.

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