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Aya Gold & Silver Announces Election of Directors

MONTREAL, June 21, 2024 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Aya Gold & Silver Inc. (TSX: AYA, OTCQX: AYASF) ("Aya" or the "Corporation") is pleased to announce that all nominees listed in the management proxy circular were elected as directors of Aya at its annual general meeting of shareholders ("AGM") held today.

A total of 56,932,471 common shares or 48.92% of Aya's issued and outstanding common shares at the record date were represented in person or by proxy at the AGM.

Detailed results are as below:

Director NomineeVotes For% of Votes ForVotes Against% of Votes Against
Yves Grou63,197,50596.78%2,102,0443.22%
Ghislane Guedira Bennouna65,277,97299.97%21,5780.03%
Dr. Jürgen Hambrecht63,050,64696.56%2,248,9033.44%
Annie Torkia Lagacé64,998,41399.54%301,1370.46%
Benoit La Salle60,105,55992.05%5,193,9917.95%
Eloïse Martin63,200,14996.78%2,099,4003.22%
Nikolaos Sofronis65,002,68099.55%296,8700.45%
Robert Taub65,001,64599.54%297,9050.46%

The resolution to appoint KPMG LLP as auditor of the Corporation for the ensuing year and authorize the directors to fix their remuneration was approved:

Votes For:                67,464,458 (99.95%)
Votes Withheld:       35,380 (0.05%)

The resolution to approve the Amended Stock Option Plan and all unallocated stock options under such plan was approved:

Votes For:               49,984,940 (76.55%)        
Votes Against:        15,314,610 (23.45%)

The proposal to approve the Amended Restricted Share Unit Plan and all unallocated restricted share units under such plan was approved:

Votes For:               64,621,158 (98.96%)        
Votes Against:        678,391 (1.04%)

The resolution to approve the Amended Deferred Share Unit Plan and all unallocated deferred share units under such plan was approved:

Votes For:               46,540,322 (71.27%)
Votes Against:        18,759,227 (28.73%)

And finally, an advisory and non-binding resolution regarding executive compensation was approved:

Votes For:                62,892,118 (96.31%)
Votes Against:         2,407,432 (3.69%)               

About Aya Gold & Silver Inc.

Aya Gold & Silver Inc. is a rapidly growing, Canada-based silver producer with operations in the Kingdom of Morocco.

The only TSX-listed pure silver mining company, Aya operates the high-grade Zgounder Silver Mine and is exploring its properties along the prospective South-Atlas Fault, several of which have hosted past-producing mines and historical resources. Aya's Moroccan mining assets are complemented by its Tijirit Gold Project in Mauritania, which is being advanced to feasibility.

Aya's management team has been focused on maximising shareholder value by anchoring sustainability at the heart of its operations, governance, and financial growth plans.

For additional information, please visit Aya's website at www.ayagoldsilver.com.

Or contact

Benoit La Salle, FCPA, MBA
President & CEO
[email protected]
Alex Ball
VP, Corporate Development & IR
[email protected]

Forward-Looking Statements

This press release contains certain statements that constitute forward-looking information within the meaning of applicable securities laws ("forward-looking statements"), which reflects management's expectations regarding Aya's future growth and business prospects (including the timing and development of new deposits and the success of exploration activities) and other opportunities. Wherever possible, words such as "plans", "expects", "potential", and similar expressions or statements that certain actions, events or results "may", "could", "would", "might", "will", or are "likely" to be taken, occur or be achieved, have been used to identify such forward-looking information. Although the forward-looking information contained in this press release reflect management's current beliefs based upon information currently available to management and based upon what management believes to be reasonable assumptions, Aya cannot be certain that actual results will be consistent with such forward-looking information. Such forward-looking statements are based upon assumptions, opinions and analysis made by management in light of its experience, current conditions and its expectations of future developments that management believe to be reasonable and relevant but that may prove to be incorrect. These assumptions include, among other things, the ability to obtain any requisite governmental approvals, obtaining regulatory permits for on-site work, importing goods and machinery and employment permits, the accuracy of Mineral Reserve and Mineral Resource Estimates (including, but not limited to, ore tonnage and ore grade estimates), the price of silver, gold, zinc and lead, exchange rates, fuel and energy costs, future economic conditions, anticipated future estimates of free cash flow, and courses of action. Aya cautions you not to place undue reliance upon any such forward-looking statements.

The risks and uncertainties that may affect forward-looking statements include, among others: the inherent risks involved in exploration and development of mineral properties, including government approvals and permitting, changes in economic conditions, changes in the worldwide price of silver gold and other key inputs, changes in mine plans (including, but not limited to, throughput and recoveries being affected by metallurgical characteristics) and other factors, such as project execution delays, many of which are beyond the control of Aya, as well as other risks and uncertainties which are more fully described in Aya's 2023 Annual Information Form dated March 28, 2024, and in other filings of Aya with securities and regulatory authorities which are available on SEDAR+ at www.sedarplus.ca. Aya does not undertake any obligation to update forward-looking statements should assumptions related to these plans, estimates, projections, beliefs, and opinions change. Nothing in this document should be construed as either an offer to sell or a solicitation to buy or sell Aya securities. All references to Aya include its subsidiaries unless the context requires otherwise.

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