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[AfriNIC-rpd] NomCom at AFRINIC-16

Mark Elkins mje at
Mon May 21 15:10:21 UTC 2012

On Mon, 2012-05-21 at 16:14 +0300, Maina Noah wrote:
> On 21 May 2012 16:04, Jackson Muthili <jacksonmuthi at> wrote:
>         On Mon, May 21, 2012 at 3:59 PM, Maina Noah
>         <mainanoa at> wrote:
>         > To me that would be dictatorship and there is no room for
>         dictatorship in a
>         > community driven organization like AfriNIC.
>         > Yes a > number of membership is great for Afrinic's progress
>         but is not
>         > justification for countries with more stake at AfriNIC to
>         assume the board
>         > directorship and needless to say, are the folks from such
>         countries with
>         > greater number of LIR's actually
>         > representing the community well on the board.?  or their
>         intentions are
>         > actually self-centered?
>         Dictatorship by the south africans or unto them? Constituting
>         majority
>         of membership and addresses, why should SA not get
>         commensurate stake
>         on the board?
> I think we should shift this discussion to something more relevant.
> How about we forget about
> Countries like .za with more Afrinic membership wishing for stake on
> the board and rather look at 
> individual capabilities and experience from a prospective candidate,
> as remember folks are fighting
> to get on board but seem to have individual or rather nationalistic
> goals than being African community
> Centered. 
> We elect this folks to go and represent the continent and not the
> regions and individual countries...Take note
> of that.

Good comment. Perhaps people should take a look at the Proposed By-Law
changes. To download a copy, go to

(ie - its not yet on but linked from the new website)

Here the concept of non-regional director is discussed along with the
removal of Alternative board members. (section 12.4).

As currently stated, the Elders (there are three of them, Dr Nii
Quaynor, Pierre Dandjinou and Viv Padayatchy) get to somewhat choose the
non-geographical directors. The concept of selecting non-geographical
directors is fine - look for good Board qualities, Auditors, Finance
people, etc - but make the selection of these people a bit more open
(include the current board as part of the selection committee) and
always have a choice of people (say three) so that the general
membership can then vote their preference as part of the normal election
process. I'd assume the two non-geographical directors would have
staggered terms too.

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