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[AfriNIC-rpd] Call for Comments

SM sm at
Tue May 8 21:15:00 UTC 2012

At 06:58 08-05-2012, Babusha Radhakissoon wrote:
>2. AfriNIC PDWG Election Process document
>AfriNIC welcomes comments on the draft AfriNIC PDWG Election Process 
>document. This document describes the process for conducting AfriNIC 
>PDWG elections. You may comment on any aspect of the process.
>The document was drafted by a committee consisting of six past 
>NomCom chairs and an AfriNIC Board representative. The draft has 
>incorporated views from NomCom reports, past public policy meetings 
>and the community. The final document to be approved by the Board 
>will incorporate your feedback and views. So please send in your 
>comments as they are key to improving future election processes.

Section 2.1 of the draft mentions that:

   "One of the PDWG chairs is elected for a term of two (2) years and the other
    for a term of one (1) year."

This has been discussed recently on the RPD mailing list.  The above 
is not in line with the existing PDP.

In Section 4.0:

   "Self-nominations will be allowed but must be backed by at least two
    AfriNIC members in good standing."

There has been a very low number of candidates in past elections for 
these seats.  It is difficult for an individual to fulfill the 
requirement for self-nomination.  The committee could consider making 
it easier for future candidates by lowering the requirement to:

   "must be backed by at least one AfriNIC member".

In Section 6.0:

   "The NomCom may decide to conduct interviews or further background checks on
    candidates using any means decided upon by the NomCom chair who 
will however
    provide a report to the staff and the NomCom."

I suggest limiting the distribution of the report.

Section 8.0 describes the voting process.  There was a presentation 
about "voting methods" by the Election Review Process Committee.  The 
following option was listed for voting:

   'Paper will have a "None of the above" option'

In recent discussions on the RPD mailing list, it was mentioned that 
the above was according to the wishes of the community.

In Section 9.0:

   "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."

Please refer to the my comment about Section 2.1.

   "The CEO shall send the final result via e-mail to"

I suggest adding a 48 hour deadline for sending the results.


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