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Jean-Baptiste MILLOGO jbmillogo at
Tue May 3 18:00:50 UTC 2016

Hi Andrew

Once again, governance and ethic issue. Management of Conflict of Interest

Best regards

2016-05-03 17:38 GMT+00:00 Andrew Alston <Andrew.Alston at>:

> Hi Abel,
> Yes, I advocated for candidates.  If you notice I clearly stated, I do not
> know who is on the slate.  I do not have a final slate.  However, I know
> who the candidates are that I support.  I have every right to lobby for
> those candidates at any point.  Just as any candidate or any other person
> has the right to lobby for their candidates.
> I did not send that email as a board member, I sent it as a personal
> individual.  I stand by what I said, and I stand by those endorsements.
> As for the allegations about people being paid.  That is completely false
> and a libellous allegation that was investigated and found to have no
> merit, as resolutions published will attest to.
> I stand by every word I said in the below email, and I will not, and would
> not retract a single word of it.
> Andrew
> From: abel ELITCHA <kmw.elitcha at>
> Date: Tuesday, 3 May 2016 at 8:33 PM
> To: "AfriNIC RPD MList." <rpd at>
> Subject: [rpd] AFRINIC ELECTIONS
> Hi
> I got to see the mail below from a board member. It concerned me as i
> raised some importants points:
> 1- While according to the election timeline (
>, the
> NOMCOM is evaluating the candidates and has not yet announced the slates,
> the  board member started the campaign to
> influence the process and the vote
> 2- He is pushing for a candidate from his company
> 3- He issued an arbitrary judgment on the ability of the community to
> decide
> 4- I recalled that it  is the same board member who admitted in 2014  that
> he influenced the elections by paying for people to come and vote for him.
> The disclosure of which caused two board members to resign for breaching
> NDA.
> Begin forwarded message:
> Hi All,
> I’m going to take a bit of an unusual step for me here, as promised in
> earlier emails, and I am now ready to officially endorse certain
> candidates for the AfriNIC elections.
> I state openly that I do NOT yet know the entire slate, however, due
> to time limitations and knowing what I know about the candidates I
> refer to below, as well as at least some of the candidates running
> against them (which I have heard from those candidates running
> directly), I feel I’m in a position to take a strong and unequivocal
> stance here and am ready to state to the community at large my views
> on this.
> Hence, in the next AfriNIC election, there are three seats open, one
> independent seat, one north african seat and one west african seat.
> On the West African seat, I am endorsing Sunday Folayan.  Sunday is
> the current chair of the AfriNIC board, and despite many trying
> circumstances in the year and half since he has taken the chair,
> AfriNIC has made tremendous progress.  Indeed, in Pointe Noir we were
> credited with giving the community transparent information and
> financials for the first time in 10 years.  Sunday and his leadership
> played a huge part in this and his institutional knowledge and the way
> he has run the board have been critical to the improved situation we
> are starting to find ourselves in.
> On the North African seat, I am endorsing Hytham Ek-Nakhal.  Hytham is
> currently the deputy chair of the board, and again, in the year since
> he took that position, he has proved very capable and also carries
> deep institutional knowledge from a prolonged tenure on the board.  I
> have found him to be fair, reasonable and willing to both have his
> views and debate the views of others in the search for a consensus
> approach.  Hence, I strongly believe that his tenure on the board
> should continue.
> On the Independent seat, here I am endorsing Mike Silber, who many of
> you know.  I do not know if the current board member for this seat is
> going to be running again, but irrespective of that my endorsement
> will stand, due to specific skills I believe the AfriNIC board
> requires.  Mike has many many years in the industry, and his work with
> ICANN and within the addressing space is well documented and well
> respected.  In addition to that, Mike is legally trained and that is
> something we desperately need within AfriNIC as we look at the bylaws,
> as we move into an era where there is a governance committee, there
> are bids of control and various other issues.  It is that legal skill
> set that we are missing directly on the board (yes, we have legal
> council, but it is a very different thing to have someone who has that
> kind of legal knowledge actually sitting on the board).
> I need to also point out, in the event of the board losing both Sunday
> and Hytham, and the independent seat going to a weak candidate,
> AfriNIC will be in serious trouble.  Firstly, I personally do not
> believe that the board has anyone who is anywhere close to as capable
> as Sunday or Hytham for the positions of chair and vice chair
> respectively, and whoever comes in could not take those positions no
> matter how strong, since those positions require institutional
> knowledge that comes from time served on the board.  My reasoning for
> endorsing Mike is made plain above.
> As such, for those of you who are opting to issue proxies and wish to
> issue proxies to myself or via myself, this is how I will be voting.
> Those of you who are voting electronically, I encourage you when the
> slate comes out to study each and every candidate – but I am confident
> that what I have said above will ring true, and I ask every member of
> this list to get out there and use your vote, either for one of these
> candidates or otherwise one of the others when the slate comes out –
> but please, make sure you vote, either via proxy or via online or in
> person.  I cannot stress how many critical issues are going to come up
> in the next year or two, and without a strong and independent board we
> could face serious issues.
> Please feel free  to address any questions to me.  As stated in
> previous emails, as soon as the proxy generation system is open, for
> those that wish to use that route, I will supply details on how to use
> it.
> Thanks
> Andrew "
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