[Community-Discuss] Bylaws changes

Vitus Foli Aborogu vitus at ghana.com
Sun Nov 13 09:37:00 UTC 2016

> On November 13, 2016 at 4:21 AM Alan Barrett <alan.barrett at afrinic.net> wrote:
> > On 13 Nov 2016, at 00:49, Vitus Foli Aborogu <vitus at ghana.com> wrote:
> > I think 1 per org, 1 per country and 2 per region  is better. 
> > Diversity, refreshment  of expertise  and coverage for 54 countries.
> I agree that diversity is important, and I would encourage the members to consider diversity when they elect Directors.   Diversity is not the only consideration, and I would also urge the members to consider experience and skill.  It may easily happen that multiple good candidates come from the same country or organisation, and the voting members should be free to choose how they balance diversity against other considerations.
> My main goal in the current round of Bylaws changes is to make it very difficult for AFRINIC to be captured by a minority interest.  The proposed limits of two Directors per organisation and two Directors per sub-region are more than sufficient to ensure that no one organisation or one sub-region has the majority of votes in the Board.
> Alan Barrett

Dear Alan,
I got your argument about number of Directors per organisation, country and  region. However, the CEO being full director, with 2 directors per country, we may end up with 3 directors  from  one country. As board quorum is 5 directors, 2 countries can capture the organisation. On the other hand , excluding CEO, 1 per organisation, 1 per country  and 2 per region will avoid such scenario.
On a different note, the 2 per org, 2 per country and 2 per region, as you suggested, allow one country to have the 2 seat per region.

Thank you.
- Vitus

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