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

John Walu walu.john at gmail.com
Wed Jun 5 06:34:12 UTC 2019

I believe the deeper question is WHY is there an increasingly smaller
candidate slate of those volunteering to serve on Afrinic board, year in
year out.

Two possible answers:
A) Good candidates are avoiding the perceived 'challenging' board
/management /community relationships that continue to persist. So nomcom
hands are tied and cannot manufacture candidates.

B) There are actually many good candidates applying  BUT the Nomcom
'Black-box' processes is kicking them out and reducing them to 1 or 2

To drill down to the correct answer, I think the Nomcom process needs to be

I still do not understand the benefit of having a black box process in the
nomination committee where the community has no clue about how many
candidates applied, how many got knocked out and why. IF national
Presidential election systems are so open about this, why is that it has to
remain hidden for Afrinic?

And I say this as someone who has once served on Nomcomm as well as someone
who has once been rejected by some previous Nomcomm (I want to believe it
is within my right to share personal information/experience as this is not
covered under NDA, but I stand to be corrected ;-)

At a minimum, we should request that as Nomcom publishes the candidate
slate, they should also show a tally (without the names) of how many
candidates applied, how many got kicked out, why they were kicked out and
how many successfully went thro.

I believe this information can shed some light on the deeper question above
of whether indeed we have fewer applicants or our black-box nommcom process
is simply kicking them out in order to eventually present a single


On Tue, Jun 4, 2019 at 3:47 PM Noah <noah at neo.co.tz> wrote:

> On Tue, 4 Jun 2019, 15:15 Sander Steffann, <sander at steffann.nl> wrote:
>> Hi Noah,
>> > Read the bylaws especially section 13.8
>> When there is no candidate then the current director will be re-appointed.
> You missed the word "eligible" candidate!
> Nomcom has since slated eligible candidate and candidates with different
> slates having one or more candidate and candidates nominated.
> Appointed != Elected.
> There are upcoming elections scheduled where we members will be casting
> votes for various candidates.
>> >> No election -> no Directors
>> >
>> > Board can appoint.
>> True. My statement was exaggerated. My apologies.
>> An appointed board does not have a mandate from the members though, and
>> for a bottom-up community ending up with more appointed than elected board
>> members would not be good.
> We have elections coming up soon and we intend to elect otherwise the
> board would have to appoint or reappoint as its within its powers.
>> Cheers,
>> Sander
> Noah
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