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[AfriNIC-rpd] NomCom at AFRINIC-16

Sunday Folayan sfolayan at
Tue May 22 15:24:32 UTC 2012

Gift, Walu, Adiel, McTim and all,

Thanks Adiel for the useful intervention and redirection. I am typing with
a big thumb on a small screen so ... torturous, I can only summarize my

I will add and remind us that:

1. Elections are not perfect. The best may not win, but who best appeals to

2. People vote for those they can follow, not those with the brightest
credentials. We must respect this.

3. A strong rejection of one well-known candidate in the ballot may benefit
another, even if its a relatively unknown candidate.

4. We must always allow the majority their way, but give the minority their
say. Counting to the last member is desirable but unrealistic.

5. Members  must get as much info, and be left to decide according to their

6. The fight was proxy, single-cross and double cross in gambia, but with
e-voting, it may be trust anchor, key size or internet bandwidth, so ...

7. The community will keep refining its rules and processes, but those who
lose elections must always be gracious in conceding defeat.

8. There are zillion ways of serving the community. Let people explore them.

I think Gambia was historic in organization and rich in meetings and
trainings. Let us ack this and not glorify the layer 9 issues.



On 22 May 2012 14:40, "gift" <gift at> wrote:

Hi McTim

Companies operate in terms of a Companies Act. In the case of Afrinic the
Companies Act of Mauritius 2001. The act prescribes how companies operate
as a minimum in many areas such as member relations, appointment of
management and directors and the type nad conduct of company meetings. The
proxies fall under procedure and conduct of meetings. It is a statutory
requirement to hold an annual general meeting (face to face meeting).  It
is mandatory to issue all members/shareholders with a notice for the AGM
and in the notice members who are entitled to attend are advised of their
option to appoint a proxy to attend and vote on their behalf if they so
wish. The proxy form is also availed with details of the filing time table.
So in essence as long as there is need to hold a face to face meeting (AGM)
there is no way of doing away with proxies. I sense a general dislike for
proxies but we cant just wish them away. I can bet you even in developed
countries technology has not been able to knock out statutory meetings and
what ever goes with them such as proxies. By the way proxies are just not
to vote for elections but any other resolutions. In practice even if a
member is present they can still appoint a proxy for voting purposes. At an
AGM even non members (observers) are allowed to attend and not vote. It is
very common to have syndicates of like minded members giving their proxies
to one person or the Chairman even if they are present just to show
solidarity and voting power.

Hope this helps.


On 22/05/2012 02:09 PM, McTim wrote:
> Can you or anyone explain why an evote does not complete...
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