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[AfriNIC-rpd] NomCom at AFRINIC-16

ALAIN AINA aalain at
Tue May 22 11:31:28 UTC 2012

The elections process should give many options. If I can E-vote, i must have reasons to issue a proxy if i am not attending the AGM.  Promote the E-vote and give appropriate forum for members to interact with candidates and  make an informed decision.


On May 22, 2012, at 1:34 PM, Jackson Muthili wrote:

> On Tue, May 22, 2012 at 12:00 PM, Adiel Akplogan <adiel at> wrote:
>> On 2012-05-22, at 12:16 PM, Jackson Muthili wrote:
>>>> I would like to point out that In the new bylaws proposal, we went a bit further to even limit the number of proxies that a member can carry to 5. All this has also to be read in the spirit of the use of an e-voting platform. I don't however think that we can completely get ride of Proxies.
>>> Yes we can.
>>> I see no base using proxy method (and therefore ballot paper) when an
>>> e-vote system is in place.
>>> Defeats the entire purpose of e-vote mechanism, no?
>>> Why do you envision need for proxy with e-vote online is in place?
>> 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.
>> - a.
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