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[AfriNIC-rpd] Policy Development Process in the AfriNIC service region (draft version 3)

Walubengo J jwalu at
Tue Jun 1 14:16:49 UTC 2010


Sounds good and is quite clear to me now.

--- On Tue, 6/1/10, sm+afrinic at <sm+afrinic at> wrote:

From: sm+afrinic at <sm+afrinic at>
Subject: Re: [AfriNIC-rpd] Policy Development Process in the AfriNIC  service  region (draft version 3)
To: "Walubengo J" <jwalu at>
Cc: "AfriNIC Resource Policy Discussion List" <rpd at>
Date: Tuesday, June 1, 2010, 5:50 PM

Hi Walu,
At 02:34 AM 6/1/2010, Walubengo J wrote:
> 1. Under Conflict Resolution, Recall of the Chair:- what are the typical circumstances under which the Chair of the Policy Dev. group can be recalled?  Should this be predefined to avoid abuse of the system? imagine endless recall processes arising from members on "flimsy" reasons. Also assuming a succesfull recall happens, does the remaining PD group members appoint the new chair or does the community get a replacement?

A recall may be invoked upon written request with justification.  For example, would you consider it as a reason to invoke a recall is if the Chair took an action which is clearly contrary to the Policy Development Process?

The strength of such processes is that they have the support of the community.  If you are going to abuse the system by coming up with flimsy reasons, it is unlikely that the community would be happy about that.  By predefining abuse, you go down a path where you have to foresee every possible situation.  That is an impossible task.

There are two Chairs.  In the case of a successful recall, you still have one Chair.  The Working Group can select a replacement to serve the remainder of the term as mentioned in Section 4.

> 2. Under ,Varying the Process:- You say the Policy Dev process could be varied under an "emergency". Again what are these typical emergencies? Should we define them to avoid abuse from the Board/Working Groups? Also who and how will the request to vary the process in an emergency situation be approved?

Under the existing policy, a proposal has to wait before the next Public Policy Meeting to be approved.  That can take up to six months.  I would say that an emergency is when you cannot wait up to six months to get a proposal through the process.  It should be noted that an explanation is required when you ask to vary the process.  If the Chair does it for flimsy reasons, he/she will probably have a hard time.

The request is done by posting a message to the Resource Policy Discussion mailing list by the Chair or the Board of Directors.  There is no formal approval as such.  I would say that the rule of the thumb is to see that there is "consensus" that this constitutes an emergency.

S. Moonesamy 

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