[Community-Discuss] [rpd] Complain to NoMCOM

Taiwo Oyewande taiwo.oyewande88 at gmail.com
Thu Jun 6 09:25:50 UTC 2019

Dear all,

I find myself in the same shoes as Abdulkarim. I sent out my Application for the PDWG co-chair in due time, waiting to see the shortlisted candidates. When the shortlisted candidates were released, I felt I didn’t qualify for some reason. On trying to check if NOMCOM sent me a mail stating why I wouldn’t be shortlisted at this time, i stumbled on a mail from a personal gmail address in my spam requesting some more information for my PDWG co-chair application. Since then i have been trying to make contact with the committee via phone and email. But we haven’t been able to come to a resolve. 

I think it is unfair to give a 24hr deadline to send documents for such a position. 

I am of the strong opinion that the NOMCOM will like to produce the best candidates to emerge as co-chairs. This can only be achieved through a fair procedure.

I will appreciate if this flaw can be reviewed and amended to make room for better competition and the emergence of the best candidates as co-chairs

On this note I will like to commend the work of the NomCom so far. I am sure the job has not been easy. With a little improvement, a lot of great things will be achieved. 

Kind Regards

Taiwo Oyewande

> On 6 Jun 2019, at 08:01, Bill Woodcock <woody at pch.net> wrote:
> Those all seem like very reasonable suggestions. 
> Running a nomcom can be hard, but with concrete procedural guidelines like the ones just suggested, it can be made easier and more predictable. I’ve run a lot of nomcoms, and been on still more, and structure helps immensely to set everyone’s expectations and keep things running smoothly. 
>                 -Bill
>> On Jun 6, 2019, at 08:47, ABDULKARIM AYOPO OLOYEDE <oloyede.aa at unilorin.edu.ng> wrote:
>> Dear all 
>> I one of the those who have spent a considerable amount of time in preparing my application for the position of the AFRINIC  policy chair, unfortunately, I didn’t get listed. Am sending this email just to clarify and correct the situation as I believe NOMCOM is out to a good job    
>> I checked my email today after being on holiday for Ramadan. Ramadan is a period where Muslims fast and it can be stressful but it is a period I take some time out of my stressful schedule to have a relationship with my creator.  On checking my email  I realised my name was not on the announcement list as a candidate (Slate) and I was shocked as I didn’t know why this has happened. on one hand, I felt maybe NOMCOM felt I was not good enough and I went on with my life.  
>> Later in the day, I checked my junk email and found that an email was sent earlier confirming the submission of my application asking for some personal documents. The email address used was a Gmail account. This email was sent last Sunday asking for the documents with a deadline for Monday.  So I was wondering if the mail has even come into the normal box NOMCOM expected that candidates should provide personal information and documents within ONE day. They forgot it’s a weekend and people might also be on holiday. There was nothin asking me not to proceed on holiday after submitting the application. All required documents should have been asked during the application process. Again there was no reminder email. I believe NOMCOM should have used an official account not a random Gmail account to prevent filters seeing them as junk.
>> I have now provided all the documents that were requested and I believe the application should be reconsidered 
>> I have respect for NONCOM and its members but I just feel I needed to send this so that NOMCOM can correct its mistakes as no one is perfect.  
>> I think its also unfair if this is not corrected.
>> Candidates should be allowed to make their own decision to run or not as long as they are eligible.
>> Furthermore, for the future, I would like to suggest the following  
>> 1.      All information required to verify a candidates eligibility should be published well in advance of the nominating period.
>> 2.      Candidates should be required to submit all of that information within 30 days after being nominated, prior to the nominating committee’s consideration of their candidacy.
>> 3.      Requests for additional information from the nominating committee should occur only in exceptional circumstances. In such a case, the request shall give each candidate at least 10 days to respond.
>> 4.      All communications between the nominating committee and candidates should use an official address reserved for the nominating committee.
>> Thank you 
>> -- 
>>  Abdulkarim A.Oloyede. 
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