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

Mark Elkins mje at
Sun May 11 19:36:01 UTC 2014

On Sun, 2014-05-11 at 10:18 -0700, Owen DeLong wrote:
> On May 10, 2014, at 6:26 PM, Douglas Onyango <ondouglas at> wrote:
> > Hi Ni, et al
> > On 10 May 2014 18:14, Nii Narku Quaynor <quaynor at> wrote:
> >> Very good discussion and outcome though I am a little confused about
> >> decision procedure
> > 
> > +1 on this one. AFAIK, Nomcom's mandate comes from the BoD and along
> > with it: the guidelines.  I am concerned that right now the decision
> > to shift the vote tallying and results to election day is in
> > contravention of the guidelines and I don't know if the board has
> > sanctioned this or if a unilateral decision has been made by Nomcom.
> > 
> > Additionally I don't see the rush to get this done in Djibouti. I
> > think this change requires technological and logistical adjustments
> > that I am just not sure AFRINIC as assessed properly.
> There are no technological adjustments required to delay the publication of
> part of the election results until the full election result is available. There are
> only minor logistical adjustments required.

Quite correct. No need to over-think this.

> While I agree that changing the election procedure on the fly is generally not
> a good thing, this is a case where there is clear benefit to correcting a previous
> oversight. Ideally, the BoD should confirm that they agree this is the right thing
> to do and implement it for the elections coming up in (and leading up to) Djibouti.
> I agree that nom-comm likely isn’t (and shouldn’t be) empowered to act unilaterally
> in this case, but I cannot imagine how the change in question would be controversial.
> Announcing a partial result while voting is still in progress can only serve to bias
> the election. It is utterly antithetical to a fair and impartial election.
> > On this basis, I would suggest  we start preparations to implement the
> > new system immediately and possibly present the assessment Djibouti,
> > but actually implement it in 2015 after we have a better understanding
> > of the implications.
> What’s being talked about implementation for Djibouti is merely the change to
> not announce the e-vote results prior to paper voting. Any more significant
> modifications were never intended for implementation this year to the best
> of my knowledge.
> Owen
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Mark J Elkins - AFRINIC 2014 Nominations Committee Chair
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