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Election process (was re: [rpd] AFRINIC Board Elections - 2014: Call for Nominations)

Owen DeLong owen at
Sat May 10 00:29:42 UTC 2014

Agreed… No votes should be counted until all votes can be counted.

All votes should be counted at the same time.


On May 9, 2014, at 8:44 AM, Seun Ojedeji <seun.ojedeji at> wrote:

> You got into the party when we all have had a fair share of the drinks ;)
> The drunken part of me is therefore agreeing that the only fix is to go electronic 100%. However the conscious part of me still thinks it's not good ethics to have a voting means shutdown before the other for the same election.
> In view of this, I will suggest that while closing of online voting is done a day before AGM, it's actual unlocking/counting of votes should be done same time with counting of paper based. This means that as staff clear a member for online voting such member is struck out from the members list.
> Hope this is an acceptable compromise otherwise I am open to why this isn't.
> Regards
> sent from Google nexus 4
> kindly excuse brevity and typos.
> On 9 May 2014 15:16, "Douglas Onyango" <ondouglas at> wrote:
> Hi Seun, et al,
> Sorry I am joining the party  late, but given my experience on the
> Nomcom, my few cents are inline:
> On 8 May 2014 09:05, Seun Ojedeji <seun.ojedeji at> wrote:
> > - The electronic voting is starting before getting the opportunity to hear
> > from the contestants. In view of this, does it mean
> > 1. There will be no time when the contestant will speak to the community
> > (i.e the only information posted on the website is what will be used for
> > both at online and f2f voting)
> My recollection is that the comment period, and the feedback form
> specifically is designed to allow pre-f2f online engagement . It is
> Nomcom's expectation that by the time of the f2f, the electorate
> should have interacted via this platform to form an opinion on the
> candidate. It is also for this reason that the speech at the f2f is
> trimmed to a minuscule 2 or so minutes.
> > 2. The speech of the contestants will be uploaded before the electronic
> > voting starts and further speaking opportunity awarded to contestants
> > present at f2f
> In the past, recorded speeches have only been for candidates who are
> not at the f2f in person and as such this is not available to the
> public until the other candidates are speaking -- typically minutes
> from the voting.
> > - The closing date for the online voting has been set to end before f2f; as
> > mentioned in the last AGM why does the online voting have to close earlier
> > than the f2f voting?
> The online vote has to be tallied and our current procedure specifies
> that the tallying happens before the elections which makes sense if
> you asked me because three trustees have to unlock the votes with
> their private keys around the same time. Leaving this until the paper
> ballot is tempting fate: Internet connectivity or one of the trustees
> may just not be present. This can jeopardize the entire exercise as
> there might not be enough time to fix the issue.
> On 8 May 2014 14:48, McTim <dogwallah at> wrote:
> > If I recall correctly, there is only one person (the CEO) who is able
> > to obtain the results
> > of the e-vote and he does this just before the f2f vote.
> Not entirely accurate. The online voting system is designed such that
> the result is unlocked and tallied by three trustees. These
> individuals have to validate the result and as such have knowledge of
> it.
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