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

Noah Maina mainanoa at
Sat May 10 06:04:06 UTC 2014

++1 suen

I would lean on this suggestion as it makes more sense and both online
counting and physical counting should be done simultaneously.


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

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.


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.
> Regards,

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