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

Mark Elkins mje at
Thu May 17 12:55:43 UTC 2012

I'm upset with what Paulos is doing. The positions (Board and PDP Chair)
are obviously in conflict - a person should be able to see you can be
one or the other - but not both - and not need explicit rules about it
either. A true leader of our community should be able to see that and as
a minimum step down from one of the appointments without jeopardising
our process system.

Paulos should be very aware he volunteered for a two year term as PDPWG
Chair - as was the AfriNIC community. Its a two year term to provide
overlap from one co-chair to the next - so there is continuity and
stability in the PDP process. Yes, the community is in-charge of the PDP
process - but we need a stable process from beginning to end.

On Thu, 2012-05-17 at 11:10 +0000, Douglas Onyango wrote:
> Hi,
> On 17 May 2012 09:45, McTim <dogwallah at> wrote:
> >>> IF Paulos chose to relinquish his seat as co-chair, this would put the
> >>> PDPWG is a really precarious situation.
> >
> > @ Douglas, not precarious at all, WE are the pdwg, we select co-chairs
> > to follow us, not to lead!
> McTim, I meant precarious from a continuity perspective. here is the
> scenario i had in mind:
> Our only candidate who isn't familiar with PDPWG activity or its
> running manages to get elected as co-chair....Paulos relinquishes his
> seat which is also taken up by another individual not very familiar
> with the process.........
> I know the PDP allows for replacing a candidate, but this wasn't my
> core concern; mine is with continuity, which is why the staggered
> terms are in the process.....
> If the situation I describe above plays out, the continuity clause or
> any other won't remedy this situation. This is why I alluded to
> "precarious"
> Regards,

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