[Community-Discuss] Accountability assessment - bylaws changes

Jackson Muthili jacksonmuthi at gmail.com
Sun Sep 18 21:05:54 UTC 2016

On Sun, Sep 18, 2016 at 12:40 PM, 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.


If any tier is named "member", such as "associate member"; such tier
MUST be given voting rights. Absent of this - it would be a useless
membership status. Why be a member of an establishment that cannot let
one exercise a simple right like a vote to enable effect change?

Let associate members vote or get rid of this membership tier. Simple.

> 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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