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[rpd] Fwd: Discussion about e-voting

Bope Domilongo Christian christianbope at
Mon May 12 17:18:36 UTC 2014

Speaking on my own capacity:)

Following the discussion on rdp, I feel there is also a balance issue,
whereby the one person wearing three hat (Nomcom chair, chair election
committee, Board member) and am a bit confuse. For the sake of check and
balance, as in happen in the normal election process, it will normal that
the chair of election committee ought to be not a board member just as
electoral commissioners are independent of parties.

With best regards,

On Tue, May 13, 2014 at 12:54 AM, Kofi ansa akufo <kofi.ansa at>wrote:

> Mark
> Thanks for pointing out the voting procedure for individuals with multiple
> votes.
> What I am driving at is the integrity of the votes cast and how it fairly
> represents the diverse community.
> Member entities should be encouraged as much as possible to participate in
> the election process as well as being ptesent in meetings instead of
> encouraging proxies be it they understand "AFRINIC politics" or NOT to vote
> for multiple representatives.
> I believe the community can do better by exploring how to map entities
> eligible to vote to the electoral system to involve the diverse community.
> cheers
> Kofi.
> On May 12, 2014 7:55 PM, "Mark Elkins" <mje at> wrote:
>> On Mon, 2014-05-12 at 18:42 +0400, Kofi ansa akufo wrote:
>> > Dear All
>> >
>> > 1. I am currently curious how individuals representing more than one
>> > registered and / or resource member currently proceeds to casting
>> > votes online.
>> I have posted on this subject a few postings ago....
>> I am perhaps a perfect example of this scenario.
>> > Does the person login with the same nic-handle or different
>> > nic-handles to cast multiple votes respectively?
>> The same NIC handle and Password to the same account.
>> Once in, there is a drop-down box to allow the representative (me, in
>> this case) to 'switch' to which ever entity I need to represent or
>> manage.
>> This is a very convenient way of managing different entities.
>> > If by nic-handle wouldn't it be easy for voters to be identified by
>> > the entities the represent (e.g. organisation ids) at least as a
>> > secondary check prior to login to vote.
>> Generally, it is the entity that is the Member, not the person with the
>> NIC-Handle.. more correctly, it is the entity's voting representative
>> who can vote. There may be more than one person per entity who is
>> enabled to use that privilege, but there is only one vote per entity,
>> for example "Resource Member".
>> > I ask this because this will facilitate implementation of dispensing
>> > machine for paper ballot sheets for those not able to exercise
>> > e-voting based on logic and eliminate ending one voting option before
>> > the other as well as human errors. Obviously NOT in the coming 2014
>> > elections but later.
>> > 2. Going forward IMHO I think we should discouraged multiple voting by
>> > an individual for different members since the probability of voting
>> > differently is low and this only goes to increase votes across one
>> > side only. A "polished form" of election rigging. I know some will
>> > argue one can still like gin with different credentials and vote one
>> > sided but then :)
>> >
>> > Could someone from the community enlighten me on this please.
>> I'm a Director of multiple, independent companies each with their own
>> resources and each members of AFRINIC in their own right. My fellow
>> Directors may prefer me to do all the voting because I understand a fair
>> amount of the 'Politics' of AFRINIC. Are you suggesting I should not be
>> allowed? That will not make them happy.
>> Board Members have a Vote. If they also represent a resource Member, are
>> you going to disenfranchise them that direct resource vote???
>> As you almost suggested, all I need to do then is sit down with various
>> collogues and have them login to my-afrinic and cast their vote
>> according to my suggestions.
>> Your suggestion will achieve inconvenience.
>> Simply creating extra NIC-Handles should not work as AFRINIC requires
>> the official Identity of everyone who wishes to use the e-voting
>> system.
>> Posted on my own behalf - representing multiple AFRINIC resource
>> members.
>> > Kofi
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