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

Walubengo J jwalu at
Fri Dec 24 08:41:38 UTC 2010

my earlier undestanding behind the need to have 2chairs for the PDP was that they could act as "alternate" to avoid the occurence of "no chair" present as it happened in Afrinic-11 in Senegal.

However, during the last policy meeting in SA (Afrinic-13), it occured to me that BOTH Chairs are actually expected to be present and managing the Policy discussion - thus creating a real potential for deadlocks (as Dr. Paulos describes here).

One quick way to resolve the potential for deadlocks while simultaneously eliminating the potential for "absent chair" is to designate a "lead" Chair for each Policy meeting on a rotational basis. Since we have 2 policy meetings per year, and 2 chairs, the lead chair in a previous policy meeting becomes the secondary chair in the subsequent meeting and both act as Backup for each other i.e. in the event a lead chair cant make it for the meeting the secondary chair simply takes over. Also this means that the lead chair for that period/session has the final say - in the event of conflict or need to break a tie (within the Chairmanship).



 On Thu, 12/23/10, Dr Paulos Nyirenda <paulos at> wrote:

From: Dr Paulos Nyirenda <paulos at>
Subject: Re: [AfriNIC-rpd] Comments about AFPUB-2010-GEN-005
To: "Nii Narku Quaynor" <quaynor at>, rpd at
Date: Thursday, December 23, 2010, 5:07 PM

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 

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 


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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