[Community-Discuss] Accountability assessment - quorum

Badru Ntege badru.ntege at nftconsult.com
Wed Sep 28 13:20:56 UTC 2016

Ultimately percentage of members is the logical and sustainble way to achieve a representative outcome.  However this opens another question when it comes to “representative” and actual votes.  

We need to explore a way that also addresses actively engaged member views.  The current system is open to some kind of abuse where through the use of proxies,  votes are cast on behalf of members who might not even have a clue about what the vote is all about.   

We have all noticed this in previous elections so I think we need to start putting our minds round how to find a solution.


On 9/28/16, 8:55 AM, "Dewole Ajao" <dewole at tinitop.com> wrote:

>Is hard-wiring the numbers really a good idea as opposed to a percentage 
>(of something or the other)?
>Just thinking of a way to fix the quorum even if active membership were 
>to double in a year or two.
>On 28/09/2016 07:58, Alan Barrett wrote:
>>> On 26 Sep 2016, at 22:00, Alan Barrett <alan.barrett at afrinic.net> wrote:
>>>> On 26 Sep 2016, at 18:22, Douglas Onyango <ondouglas at gmail.com> wrote:
>>>> Hi Alan,
>>>>> The current quorum requirement is 10 members, which is too small, but I think 10% is too large.
>>>> Perhaps AFRINIC can share with us statistics on member attendance in
>>>> the past 5 years. We can normalize this data and can use something
>>>> like the lowest or average number of members present to prescribe a
>>>> pragmatic number for our quorum requirement.
>>> Sure, I can get those numbers.
>> Here are the number of votes cast during recent Board elections.  The number of on-site votes gives a good idea of the number of members who attended the meetings.
>>                  2013	2014	2015	2016
>> E-Votes	        58	59	49	183
>> On-Site Votes	45	66	77	62
>> TOTAL      	103	125	126	245
>> Given these attendance figures, I suggest a quorum requirement of 30 resource members in the future.
>> Alan
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