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[AfriNIC-rpd] NomCom at AFRINIC-16

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Tue May 22 10:42:27 UTC 2012

On 22/05/2012 11:34 AM, Jackson Muthili wrote:
>> Because we are in Africa and in our region you can not guaranty at 100% that
>> people will have access to be able to vote online (there are multiple possible
>> reasons - not only limited to availability of Internet access). Further to that in a
>> vote like this one you want to give as much possible options to people to
>> express their choice. Limiting the means of vote can be seen restrictive.
> When list of candidates are ready by nomcom, e-vote can be open to
> stakeholders for period of at least 2 weeks and longer. I dont think
> an individual representing a functioning company is completely offline
> for 2 weeks and even when many companies have 2 and more contacts.
> It will not be possible in this day and age that a company of such
> calibre as afrinic member will not be able to make an electronic vote
> for whatever reason in a 2 weeks duration!
>> That being said if the majority want to get ride of Proxy, we will do. But I'm pretty
>> sure (from experience) that we will soon find ourselves here discussing the same
>> thing as soon someone will be unable to vote online because he was sick and
>> unable to access his mail during the period the online voting was opened :-).
> If we have an e-vote system, please completely get rid of the proxy.

No you cannot just get rid of proxies its a requirement of the Companies Act otherwise we are starting a legal minefield. Members have a right to appoint proxies if they so wish. It will be good if we can promote e-voting to the extent that proxies are eliminated or left to a minimum. The truth is love them or hate them proxies are an age old company tradition which continues even in the so called developed world despite advances in technology.


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