[Community-Discuss] Comments from GovCom Communique

DANIEL NANGHAKA dndannang at gmail.com
Tue May 17 05:42:36 UTC 2022

Dear Community,

I want to thank the community for the comments and suggestions made after
the Governance Committee published its communique on the recommendations
made to the AfriNIC Board. GovCom plans to take all the suggestions and
comments into the next meeting and deliberate on them further. We take note
of the comments/recommendations made especially by Mr. Folayan and Mr.

I would however like to remind the community about the provisions within
the current By-Laws that lead to the recommendations GovCom made to the
Board.  There only provisions within the current By-Laws that would enable
a person to be a member of the AfriNIC Board.
Filling of a Casual Vacancy in pursuit of Article 13.14 of the By-Laws
Conduct of Elections with a full tenure of three (3) years in pursuit of
Article 13.5, Article 13.6, and Article 13.7 of the By-Laws
Either the Board, NomCom, ECom, GovCom, or even Members at an AGMM have the
power to vary the sequence seats for Directors are elected or the mandated
3-year tenure of an elected Director
The proposals suggested by Mr. Folayan and Mr. DeLong where the Board
conducts elections out of sequence for certain seats and for the remainder
of the unexpired term of the seat is likened to a bi-election mechanism.
Unfortunately, there are no such provisions for bi-elections within the
current By-Laws 2020.  And as such, it would be a clear breach of the
provisions in the current By-Laws.

In regards to the Eastern Africa seat, the Board restored the tenure of the
elected Director to the mandated 3-year term.  They were no extensions of
the tenure as the Board did not have the mandate to reduce the tenure to
2-years in the first place.

I hope this puts to rest the ongoing debate and clears the way for a
successful AGMM.


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