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[rpd] PDWG situation without co-chairs

Alan Barrett at
Tue Feb 9 15:59:30 UTC 2021

On Tue, 9 Feb 2021 at 17:32, Sunday Folayan <sfolayan at> wrote:

> > Yes, the last sentence of paragraph 20 of the Recall Committee's

> > report is a suggestion; it is not binding: "The Committee suggests

> > that the Board coordinate with the PDWG to find an adequate transition

> > mechanism until the next election."


> o This recommendation is outside the scope of the recall committee. It

> need not give the Board a task again.

> o The task of the Board ended with the appointment of the RC as per the

> CPM, unless the PDWG assigns another task to it.

> o The CPM states how vacancies should be filled. That is what needs to

> be followed.

The Recall Committee was well aware that what happens next was out
of scope. Nevertheless, the Committee thought it appropriate to make
a suggestion, which is not binding on anybody.

> I must commend your committee for the depth of your work. I however

> think a small detail should be avoided in the future (There will always

> be a future, after a gate). specifically:


> "8. In referring to the information obtained from AFRINIC’s staff and/or

> those already available publicly, the Committee is mindful of its role

> to act independently, impartially and with integrity; and as such, it

> has at all times limited itself to the contents of the recall petition

> and it has not taken into consideration, any fact not forming part of

> the recall petition."


> This means that the petition was the sole consideration and not even the

> defense of the co-chairs, when sought. Facts are Facts, no matter where

> they are.


> Is this the design or a flaw?

I can see how that paragraph can be interpreted as you suggest, but that was
not the intended meaning of the paragraph. For allegations that were in the
recall petition, the Recall Committee considered the response from the PDWG
Chairs as well as other information. The Recall Committee did not consider
any events that were unrelated to allegations in the recall petition.

Alan Barrett

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