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[AfriNIC-rpd] Handover to new PDWG co-chairs

sm+afrinic at sm+afrinic at
Mon Jun 13 18:55:03 UTC 2011


First of all, I would like to mention that I do not have any issue 
with the appointment of the two new PDWG co-chairs.  I understand 
that NomCom faces a difficult task.

There were only two nominations for the two seats of PDWG 
co-chairs.  There has been such a case previously and formal 
elections were organised to determine the candidates' term.  That is 
also stated in the Election process:

   "The candidate with the highest number of votes shall win a two year term
    and the second highest number of votes shall win the one year term."

The controversy during the last public policy meeting could have been 
avoided if NomCom gave the community a choice instead of taking the 
community by surprise in announcing the election results immediately 
after providing the list of candidates.  A few meetings ago, I 
mentioned that the lack of formal elections does not affect the 
outcome as there is rarely more candidates than open seats.  The 
community had the option to accept of reject the two nominations last 
year.  I hope that any future NomCom will respond to community 
feedback instead of ignoring objections from the floor.

There was strong participation during the last meeting.  I note that 
Graham took the time to participate remotely.  I hope that there will 
be more remote participation in future.

Some people have commented on the participation of the co-chairs in 
the discussions about the proposals.  The co-chairs can ask questions 
in an individual capacity.  As you may have noticed, these persons 
come to the microphone line on the floor and wait for their turn like 
any other individual when they comment about a proposal.

I would like to thank Andrew Alston for making use of Section 5.1 of the PDP.

It is suggested that the new PDWG co-chairs follow up on Section 5.2 
of the PDP.

Section 5.3 of the PDP is applicable for the following proposals:


Section 5.5 of the PDP states that:

   "The adoption and implementation date of the policy is announced
    on the Resource Policy Discussion mailing list. The implementation
    date should be less than six months after the end of the Last Call
    unless a waiver is requested."

That section is applicable for one proposal that gained consensus ( ).  Please 
note that the clock starts at the end of the Last Call and not when 
the proposal is ratified to become a policy.

During the last term, the PDP, except for sections 5.5, 6 and 7, have 
been tested and that is documented through this mailing list.  I have 
avoided setting any procedure that may constrain future co-chairs.  I 
leave it to the co-chairs to determine how the PDP should be 
implemented as mentioned in Section 3.2 of the PDP.

At the last meeting somebody asked for a french version of the RPD 
mailing list so that French speakers can participate.  I suggest 
getting a list of people who are interested in such discussions and 
asking AfriNIC to host that mailing list.

I would like to thank Mukom Akong Tamon, who was the Policy Liaison, 
and Ernest Byaruhanga.

S. Moonesamy

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