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[AfriNIC-rpd] Comments about AFPUB-2010-GEN-005

Owen DeLong owen at
Thu Dec 23 15:23:51 UTC 2010

If there is conflict between two chairs, that would seem to indicate a lack of consensus.

If there is not consensus, the policy proposal should not move forward.

Since that is what happens if the chairs don't agree, this does not seem problematic to me.

Having said that, I don't think an odd number of co-chairs is a bad idea.


On Dec 23, 2010, at 6:07 AM, Dr Paulos Nyirenda wrote:

> Experience on the AfriNIC PDP-MG shows that conflict among chairs of the PDP process has 
> occurred often in the last three years, making this a very meaningful and pertinent 
> issue. 
> This has been the case at face to face public policy meetings as well as during PDP-MG 
> internal meetings. It has been observed before that AFPUB-2010-GEN-005 has a major 
> problem in that it has two co-chairs (even number) which will result in many hanging 
> decisions very often. 
> One way to the resolve this is to revise AFPUB-2010-GEN-005 so that number of co-chairs 
> should have been odd.
> When analysing such conflicts, it will be necessary to include consideration of conflicts 
> of interest in policy development such as the case where one of the PDP co-chairs is an 
> author of a policy under consideration as it unfortunately happened in the development of 
> AFPUB-2010-GEN-005.
> Regards,
> Paulos
> ======================
> Dr Paulos B Nyirenda
> NIC.MW & .mw ccTLD
> On 15 Dec 2010 at 12:42, Nii Narku Quaynor wrote:
>> On Dec 15, 2010, at 2:12 AM, sm+afrinic at wrote:
>>> AFPUB-2010-GEN-005 does not discuss about the question of conflict between the two
>>> Chairs.  I suggest that the Chairs ask the community for comments to get a better
>>> perspective of the problem.  The Chairs bear the responsibility to make the process 
>>> work and to ensure that their decisions have the consensus of the community.
>> normally, Chairs are looking for consensus so conflict would not be so meaningful
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