[Community-Discuss] Announcement for Final Candidate Slate for Open Seat on AFRINIC Governance Committee

Andrew Alston Andrew.Alston at liquidtelecom.com
Tue Jun 4 07:34:56 UTC 2019

Saul, you are correct.

However, there is an extension to this – remember – the board appoints the nomcom – they are in effect – a form of board committee.  Furthermore the board approves the slate.  Furthermore – the board are the ones that unilaterally – against many objections on these lists – removed the none of the above option in the election procedure.

Effectively – by what they have done – they have stripped the member base of their rights of self determination and the right to elect their own directors, and where choosing to do so – they can put forward a single candidate – and in effect – unilaterally appoint that candidate.  We do not know if there was more than one nomination – and even if there wasn’t – it still creates an untenable situation – because we have no idea if there was or was not anything done in the background to ensure that situation could occur.

I would argue very strongly that right now – AfriNIC – is in violation of everything that the RIR system stands for – that is – the bottom up – community lead approach – where we are guaranteed the right to elect our own leadership – it has been stripped away – and this – is the final nail in the coffin for anyone who believes the façade that this organization is bottom up under the current board – because it is anything but.

Please note: Since this is very much a member issue – and in the interests of the community – I have copied in the members list into this reply deliberately – it affects both groups.



From: Saul Stein <saul at enetworks.co.za>
Sent: Tuesday, 4 June 2019 10:23
To: Owen DeLong <owen at delong.com>; AFRINIC Communication <comm-announce at afrinic.net>
Cc: community-discuss at afrinic.net
Subject: Re: [Community-Discuss] Announcement for Final Candidate Slate for Open Seat on AFRINIC Governance Committee

I agree with Owen:

the candidate list that AFRINIC has sent out for the new board in the upcoming elections in two weeks: https://afrinic.net/candidate-slate-board-election-2019<https://afrinic.net/candidate-slate-board-election-2019>

Besides the fact that we are meant to have the list 30 days before the AGMM, there is are some very concerning issues:

  1.  There is only one candidate for the southern region
  2.  He has been suspended from his day job https://www.itweb.co.za/content/Olx4z7kgwwx756km<https://www.itweb.co.za/content/Olx4z7kgwwx756km> as the CEO of ZADNA, basically the organisation that controls domains in .za. read the article and draw your own conclusions as to what is going on.
  3.  He is the only candidate that the NOMCOM have advertised
  4.  The NOMCOM have no requirement (my understanding) to say of there were any other candidates.
  5.  There is no longer an option to vote “none of the above”, effectively giving the NOMCOM the opportunity to select Directors without the need for an election. (what are they supposed to do if there is only one volunteer? Catch 22, we need to be able to vote “none of the above”)
  6.  From being suspended from his day job he now becomes a director of the debatably the most important internet organisation in Africa.

Yes there is also only one candidate for the Eastern Africa as well. Again, without the “none of the above” options and only 1 candidate, NOMCOM elects the Board of Directors.

I understand the issue on “none of the above” voting option when there are more than 1 candidate, but when there is only one candidate, not having it, if you have an unsuitable person standing alone, there is no way to keep him out.

This makes no sense at all.


From: Owen DeLong [mailto:owen at delong.com]
Sent: 04 June 2019 01:33 AM
To: AFRINIC Communication <comm-announce at afrinic.net<mailto:comm-announce at afrinic.net>>
Cc: community-discuss at afrinic.net<mailto:community-discuss at afrinic.net>
Subject: Re: [Community-Discuss] Announcement for Final Candidate Slate for Open Seat on AFRINIC Governance Committee

Given that the none-of-the-above option has been removed from AfriNIC elections, should not the NomCom have a mandate to seek at least two candidates for any position before declaring a final slate?

Otherwise, this basically gives the NomCom the authority to appoint members of the governance committee (and other bodies such as the board).


On Jun 3, 2019, at 12:44 , AFRINIC Communication <comm-announce at afrinic.net<mailto:comm-announce at afrinic.net>> wrote:

Dear colleagues,

On behalf of the NomCom2019, AFRINIC is pleased to announce the following final candidate slate for the open seat on the AFRINIC Governance Committee elections:

Governance Committee

                • Ntumba Kayemba

Full candidate information has been published at https://afrinic.net/candidate-slate-governance-committee-election-2019<https://afrinic.net/candidate-slate-governance-committee-election-2019>

The community (and members) are hereby invited to view candidate details and express any comments about the suitability of the candidates for the Governance committee position using the comment section at the URLs above.
Election will be held during the Annual General Members' Meeting (AGMM) to be held in Kampala on 20 June 2019.
More information is available at: https://afrinic.net/election-process<https://afrinic.net/election-process>

For any queries or clarification, please contact the nominations committee by email to nomcom2019[at]afrinic.net<http://afrinic.net/>


Annonce des candidats pour l'election au comité de gouvernance

Au nom du Nomcom 2019, AFRINIC a le plaisir d’annoncer la liste finale des candidats pour election au sein du comité de gouvernance.

Comité de gouvernance

• Ntumba Kayemba

Plus d’informations sur les candidats sont publiées ici: https://www.afrinic.net/candidate-slate-governance-committee-election-2019<https://www.afrinic.net/candidate-slate-governance-committee-election-2019>

La communauté (et les membres) sont invités à voir les détails des candidats et à formuler des commentaires sur les qualités personnelles des candidats pour le poste au comité de gouvernance en utilisant la section des commentaires sur les URL ci-dessus.

L'élection aura lieu lors de l'Assemblée générale annuelle des membres (AGMM) qui se tiendra à Kampala le 20 juin 2019.

Plus d'informations sont disponibles sur: https://afrinic.net/election-process<https://afrinic.net/election-process>

Pour toute question ou clarification, veuillez contacter le comité de nomination par courriel à nomcom2019 [at] afrinic.net<http://afrinic.net/>
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