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[AfriNIC-rpd] Public Comments on the PDWG Co-Chair Candidate

Dr Paulos Nyirenda paulos at
Fri May 4 09:54:14 UTC 2012

On 3 May 2012 at 23:56, SM wrote:

> If I am part of the Board of Directors, for example, can I be elected 
> as Chair of the PDWG?

The clarification from Ashok seems to say that you are not barred from contesting for the 
position if you satisfy eligibilty for the election but that you cannot hold both, once 
you are elected. So you will be required to resign from one of them.

This is not unique to AfriNIC. In Malawi for example, the constitution allows you to 
contest for both the posts of President or VP and that of Member of Parliament (MP) and 
you can win both in an election but it is required that if you become President or VP 
then you have to give up your MP position (or vice versa!). This has now happened more 
than once already.

Those that seek and go through the election process need to satisfy eligibility 
requirements which I see are very clear in AfriNIC. Once eligibility is satisfied, it 
would be unfair to bar a candidate seeking to move up or down based on any other 


Dr Paulos B Nyirenda
NIC.MW & .mw ccTLD

On 3 May 2012 at 23:56, SM wrote:

> Hi Ashok,
> At 11:45 03-05-2012, ashok wrote:
> >Based on the following-
> >1- the PDWG and the Board of Directors have very distinct mandates
> >2-the Board is called upon to approve and ratify policy proposal
> >good governance warrant that a Director may not be the chair of the PDWG.
> Mark Elkins reminded me about what happened In Tanzania.  It was a 
> healthy discussion of the election process.
> According to the existing election process: "Ineligible nominations 
> will be rejected and the nominators and nominees notified 
> separately".  I gather that it is the responsibility of the NomCom to 
> ensure that the slate of candidates is valid.  The Chair of the 
> NomCom announces the names of the persons elected once the election 
> results are available.  In general, one might not want to hold an 
> election where a candidate is ineligible to serve if he or she is 
> elected as it opens the way to questionable practices where the 
> election process is bypassed.
> If I am part of the Board of Directors, for example, can I be elected 
> as Chair of the PDWG?
> Regards,
> -sm 
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