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[rpd] Report from Recall Committee

Owen DeLong owen at
Thu Feb 11 11:37:00 UTC 2021

> On Feb 11, 2021, at 03:20 , Marcus K. G. Adomey <madomey at> wrote:


> Dear PDWG,


> The Co-chairs appointment mechanism was by show of hands of those attending the face to face meeting where the elections were held until this got abused by filling the room with fake participants for the sake of voting.


> Using the rpd list as a voter register was never an option since the mailing list is open to anyone to participate in policy discussions and decisions are made by consensus.

The room is supposed to be open to anyone as well, Marcus, so I don’t see how that’s different.

> The Co-chair role is just a voluntary administrative role which requires a certain level of experience and most importantly acceptance by the working group.


> Please let us discourage this notion of “everything must be elections and voting” and give a chance to appointment of cochair by acclamation or consensus.

Marcus, a show of hands in the room is not acclamation or consensus, it is a vote.

> If by miracle consensus can’t be reached on a candidate to serve, we defer to the membership to vote and select co-chair.

It is not a miracle if we cannot reach consensus. It is an unfortunate fact of where we are today.

If by membership, you mean the membership of the PDWG, then a vote is exactly what most people are proposing.

If by membership you mean (as you state below) AfriNIC membership, then no… That’s not an acceptable alternative because…

> Either through registered members ( the board ) or resources members or by the full membership.

Membership in AfriNIC is open to those that have resources, those that are elected to the board, and those that pay some significant annual fee.

Membership in the PDWG is open to all who have an interest in participating.

The PDP calls for the co-chairs to be selected by the PDWG, not the AfriNIC membership and there is good reason for this.

Please do not disenfranchise so much of the community so arbitrarily.


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