[Community-Discuss] [AFRINIC-Announce] NomCom Call for Volunteers

Boubakar Barry boubakarbarry at gmail.com
Mon Jan 22 21:42:01 UTC 2018

On Mon, Jan 22, 2018 at 8:46 AM, Mark Elkins <mje at posix.co.za> wrote:

> On 22/01/2018 10:19, AFRINIC Communication wrote:
> > [Version française ci-dessous]
> >
> > Dear AFRINIC community,
> >
> > The AFRINIC Board is required to appoint a Nomination Committee (NomCom)
> every year, in terms of article 9 of the Bylaws <
> https://afrinic.net/en/about/bylaws/2001-afrinic-bylaws-2016?start=8>.
> >
> > I hereby call for volunteers from the community to fill three open
> positions on the 2018 NomCom.  If you are interested in serving on the 2018
> NomCom, please send your expression of interest, including a short
> biography, by email to legal<at>afrinic dot net by Friday 3 February 2018
> at 20:00 UTC.
> ...
> > * AFRINIC Board of Directors:
> >
> > Two Board seats are up for election, to serve three-year terms from 2018
> to 2021.  Terms begin and end after the AGMM where elections are held.
> > - Seat 5 (Southern Africa), currently held by Lucky Masilela;
> > - Seat 6 (Eastern Africa), currently held by Abibu Rashid Ntahigiye.
> ...
> > In terms of section 9.1 of the Bylaws:
> > - No candidate for election to the Board may be a member of the NomCom;
> > - No person domiciled in a region whose Board seat is open for renewal
> may be a member of the NomCom; this means that the 2018 NomCom may not not
> include people who reside in the Eastern Africa or Southern Africa regions.
> I'm beginning to seriously wonder about the relevance of 9.1 in the
> Bylaws. They certainly used to make sense when there were two Board
> members per region and there were only elections for PDP and ASO (of
> which few wanted to do), but now it is only one Board member and there
> are also Governance and other seats from any region. That is - its
> probably very difficult to find NomCom volunteers from regions where
> there is not something going on election-wise.

Can this be substantiated (especially the last part of the statement?).

> If the second part of 9.1 were scrapped (or even suspended) "No person
> domiciled in a region whose Board seat is open for renewal may be a
> member of the NomCom;"

I would not recommend this.

> - I'd happily volunteer for NomCom duties, a job
> I believe I know pretty well.

There are certainly other ways to serve the AfriNIC community.

On this matter, shouldn't we not rather encourage less experienced but able
members of our community to chip in, without changing the rules? There is a
first step in everything, and the vast experience in NomCom affairs for a
number of members of our community is a good proof of that. They all had a
first nomination and eventually election as NomCom member for our community.


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