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[rpd] Sami's status as a co-chair

Komi Elitcha kmw.elitcha at
Wed Dec 5 18:30:10 UTC 2018

Hello Andrew,

The minutes(*) of the PPM  of AFRINIC-28 was published by co-chairs as
mandated by the PDP.

The cochair election sections (6.1) read:


"The Elections Committee asked for a show of hands for those in favor, and
those not in favor of Mark Elkins’ candidature. After a show of hands,
there were 22 in favor and 56 not in favor of Mark’s candidature.
NomCom Chair called for nominations from the floor to fill the empty PDWG
co-chair seat.
There were suggestions that the position be filled by a temporary co-chair
until there’s another nominations process to find a replacement co-chair.
Sami Salih (the outgoing co-chair) offered to continue as co-chair till
there is a process in future to find a new co-chair.
Delegates were asked if there is support for Sami to continue as co-chair
till the next scheduled nominations period. There was strong support to
have Sami continue – and he was therefore tasked to serve as temporary
co-chair until the next scheduled nominations season."

Practices at AFRINIC is that Elections are held  mostly during the
community meeting coupled with AGMM. So it is not surprising to see that
the PDWG admin page(**) lists Sami as cochair with term June2016 -

This probably explains why an election process was not triggered for the

Nobody raised an alarm when the 77 days before election day passed (15
September 2018) and there was no nomination process.Furthermore, at the
beginning of the PPM in Hammamet, there was no objection to Sami chairing
the meeting.

Making all these noises, and challenging Sami right to operate at the
meeting and moving on, just because Co-chairs made a decision one does not
like is not responsible.

Decency would have required the separation of issues  appropriately
handling them through other mechanisms, which would  normally be more
consensual with interest in conflict resolution an in an appealing manner .

Hope this helps



Le mar. 4 déc. 2018 à 4:52 PM, Andrew Alston <
Andrew.Alston at> a écrit :

> Hi All,
> I want to clarify something – to be very sure.
> If I am correct – there was no election of a PDP co-chair in Tunisia.  Can
> someone please confirm that?  Because if there was no election – we only
> have ONE chair at the moment – and Sami’s status as a co-chair has lapsed
> and he cannot adjudicate on consensus.
> I say this – because in Dakar – and for those of you that were not there,
> please see at about 13
> minutes in, Sami’s position was granted as interim only – and only for the
> following 6 months until the next PDP.
> So – unless there was an election called – and video evidence of this –
> Sami is no longer eligible to act in the position of co-chair – since his
> mandate was not granted by this community on the floor of a meeting, and as
> per the legal counsel at the Dakar meeting – any position into which Sami
> entered – was only valid until the November meeting, and the co-chair goes
> on, on record on the microphone to further state that Sami was only
> appointed “Until the next PDP meeting”
> Sami – on that note, thank you for your service as the interim co-chair
> over the preceeding 6 months.
> Andrew
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