[Community-Discuss] Accountability assessment - bylaws changes

Seun Ojedeji seun.ojedeji at gmail.com
Sun Sep 18 15:32:28 UTC 2016


At the moment we have three main categories with their purposes;

1. We have the entire community, which includes everyone participating
within AFRINIC one way or the other.

2. We have those who are customers of AFRINIC (referred to as resource

3. We have those who are "literally" shareholders of AFRINIC (called
registered members).

Perhaps we then need to identify other purposes that has not been captured
in the three categories stated above in other to draw a purpose for the
associate membership which seem to be an orphan at the moment.

Sent from my LG G4
Kindly excuse brevity and typos

On 18 Sep 2016 10:41 a.m., "Douglas Onyango" <ondouglas at gmail.com> wrote:

> Hi Alan,
> Thanks for sharing this document. It will form a solid basis for continued
> deliberation on amendments of the bylaws.
> Regarding #1, specifically the Associate Members' right to (or not) vote,
> I was, and still I am opposed to the idea of rescinding the Associate
> Members rights to vote.
> Rationale: when an Associate Member is stripped of  the right to vote,
> he/she is in reality as empowered -- or un-empowered -- as the rest of the
> AFRINIC community. AFRINIC would effectively be asking Associate members
> and prospects to fork out Associate Membership fees, but offering nothing
> over and above "AFRINIC community" status, which poses at least two
> problems: First, NO ONE of sound mind, with full understanding of these
> facts, would want to be an Associate members, and  secondly, AFRINIC would
> be out-rightly fleecing its members by charging membership fees and
> providing no value in return, neither one of which is desirable.
> Therefore, the Associate Membership category should be imbued with voting
> rights -- or some other value add that is codified in the bylaws, barring
> which the category should effectively be expunged from the bylaws.
> Regards,
> On 16 September 2016 at 17:17, Alan Barrett <alan.barrett at afrinic.net>
> wrote:
>> On 10 June, I posted a document describing potential areas for
>> improvement in the Bylaws as a result of an accountability assessment.  I
>> invited the community and membership to comment on these issues.
>> I have considered the discussion, and I have asked the legal adviser to
>> draft appropriate changes to the bylaws.  In some cases, I have edited the
>> legal adviser’s text.  In some cases, more drafting work is needed and
>> proposed text of bylaws changes is not yet available.
>> I attach a document with the proposed bylaws changes.
>> Alan Barrett
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