Dissidents say votes withheld from Eisner

LOS ANGELES-- A slightly greater number of votes were withheld from the re-election of Walt Disney Co. chief executive Michael Eisner and several other board members than previously reported, two dissident ex-board members said Thursday.

Preliminary results released by the company's official inspector of elections show that 45.3 percent of the votes cast were withheld from Eisner's re-election to the board, instead of the 43 percent previously announced by the company, ex-board members Stanley Gold and Roy E. Disney said.

The results, released by IVS Associates Inc., also show that 25.6 percent of votes cast withheld support from former Sen. George Mitchell, instead of the 24 percent reported previously at Disney's March 3 board meeting in Philadelphia.

A number of large state pension funds withheld their voters from Eisner and other board members for a variety of reasons, including a desire to split the roles of chairman and chief executive.

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