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[AfriNIC-rpd] Re: PDP transition to AFPUB-2010-GEN-005

Dr Paulos Nyirenda paulos at
Tue Nov 23 08:44:20 UTC 2010


Clearly even from your own post it seems that you are recommending actions that are, as
you have already put it, either (a) "problematic" or (b) almost compl(y)ies with the policy.

At this level of AfriNIC maturity we clearly do not have to live with either of these.

The best way forward seems to be to hold elections in an open and transparent process to
put in place a credible PDP-MG once the term of the current PDP-MG expires, which
incidentally is at AfriNIC-13.

Rushing to do something seems not to be a very good thing at this level of AfriNIC maturity.


Dr Paulos Nyirenda
NIC.MW & .mw ccTLD
Malawi SDNP Coodinator

On Tue, 23 Nov 2010 09:48:23 +0200, Alan Barrett wrote
> On Sun, 14 Nov 2010, McTim wrote:
> > Unfortunately, ratification of this proposal occurred less than 2
> > weeks before a PPM.
> > 
> > Generally, elections of this type take a minimum of 35 days to
> > organise, as can be seen here:
> > 
> >
> > 
> > The feedback I am getting from the rest of the NomCom is that a
> > legitimate election
> > can't be organised in the next week.
> > 
> > Since the policy only takes effect at AfriNIC-13, then the first
> > possible opportunity
> > to hold an election will be AfriNIC-14
> It seems to me that the policy has been approved by the community, and
> ratified by the Board, and so it should be implemented.  The policy
> itself talks about its own implementation date, and that date is part of
> what was approved and ratified, and what must be implemented.
> I understand that the NomCom doesn't want to hold an election on
> such short notice, but I think that we must do something.  I see
> several options, none of which is very good.  Here are some of the
> options:
>   A) Fully implement the new process right now, including holding
>      elections at very short notice for one co-chair to serve a two-year
>      term and for another co-chair to serve one-year term.
>      + fully complies with the policy as written and approved;
>      - elections organised at such short notice are problematic.
>   B) Implement the new process right now in all respects except the
>      election of the co-chairs.  Instead of electing co-chairs for
>      one-year and two-year terms, elect two interim co-chairs for
>      6-month terms.  Hold another election at the AfriNIC-14 meeting in
>      2011, for one co-chair to serve a two-year term and for another
>      co-chair to serve one-year term.
>      + almost complies with the policy as written and approved;
>      + enough time to organise a fair election in 2011.
>      - we also have an interim election organised at short notice,
>        but the problem is mitigated by the short 6-month terms.
>   C) Let the old process continue for another 6 months, and implement
>      the new process with effect from the AfriNIC-14 meeting in 2011.
>      + enough time to organise a fair election in 2011;
>      - does not comply with the policy as written and approved.
> I favour option A or B.
> --apb (Alan Barrett)
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