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[rpd] Selecting WG Co-Chairs: Was Re: Can a Consensual Decision of the PDWG Violate the PDP? (was: Report from Recall Committee)

Thu Feb 18 21:47:55 UTC 2021

Hi Sunday,

I started by saying that if someone else want to do it … and nobody responded. I even pointed that may be the RC can do it. (also see previous emails asking the Board and CEO to move on, etc.)

We had a deadline (17th), during all those days, nobody objected, nobody voluntered. I stayed silent about my own personal opinion, and a few hours before the deadline, released the summary.

If anyone volunterred ahead of the deadline, I will just provided him the notes that I was taking, so he/she could have continued.

So I can’t agree in your point about this.

So complaining afterwards, and not having volunteered, is like what we say in spain "Like the dog in the manger, neither eats nor lets eat", not sure if this has a better translation in English in terms of an equivalent expression.

I’m sorry to be a person of “actions”, but definitively will not “wait forever” if nobody else is acting. So yes, I’m guilty for that. Guilty for ensuring that we provide inputs before a deadline that was set to the PDWG.

I will love to see if the staff can do their own review of all the inputs and can say that the conclusion is different …

Let’s see if that happens.



El 18/2/21 21:23, "Sunday Folayan" <sfolayan at> escribió:


You wrote

"10| Let's back to the PDP to do the only task we PDWG are allowed to do without our Chairs. Sunday, please can you handle the process to help the PDWG to enforce its PDP?"

Enforcing the PDP is not the role of anyone person. We all should be active and vigilant.

I can initiate things, by pointing out that many wrongs do not make a right. Sometimes, in haste, we fail to look at the details, nor pause to look at small details. No matter how far one may have gone in a wrong direction, it is best to course-correct as soon as possible.

Jordi acted in good faith, with some level of urgency to move the group forward, but missed a very important step ... ie properly volunteer to be a temporary WG Co-Chair, and wait for some acclamation. It will not have called for his legitimacy being questioned, specifically by Arnaud with:

"Who appointed you in this role? don’t you think board, staff are following discussions and can make their own minds and judgment on the discussions and the outcomes? Or is your intention to influence or bias discussion".

I still insist that the provisions of the PDP, according to the CPM is:

"If the Working Group Chair is unable to serve his or her full term, the Working Group may select a replacement to serve the remainder of the term. If the Working Group Chairs are unable to attend the Public Policy Meeting, the Working Group shall nominate a Chair for the session. Anyone present at the meeting, whether in person or by remote participation, may participate in the selection process for a temporary Chair"

See the word selection process there? That is what we need to define by consensus. As a working group, we can select our Co-Chairs, by simply asking the staff/Policy Liaison to call for volunteers, and shepherd the process, reverting always to the WG for guidance, when needed (which ultimately defines the process)

I like the proposition by Noah, specifically:

"Can AFRINIC staff and specifically Madhvi take up the lead and work with the WG to ensure that its following the CPM to fill the vacancy. I dont support the rushed work that was done here by Jordi since there is already claims of misinteretation. Please afford this working group time to self organise"

I urge everyone to adopt it, as a way forward with an Affirmative YES. Personally, I support the above CPM-compatible line of action.

Anyone can also propose some other CPM-Compatible action


On 2/18/21 1:04 PM, Sylvain Baya wrote:

{start a new thread from [1]}

Dear PDWG,

Hope you are safe and well!


This PDWG has violated its own PDP by reaching a consensus non PDP-compliant. In fact, the actualités CPM (version 1.6) contains no provision which could allow the PDWG to varying the process without at least one PDWG's Chair in place.


...i first want to thank Jordi, for have right•ful•ly

decided to coordinate PDWG actions during

this post-recall PDWG's Chairs transition period.

He did well (because the PDP [2] implicitely

allows it, by leaving the howto question {see CPM

section 3.3 [3]} to the implementors), but, IMHO, Jordi

also failed to stick to only what was allowed

by the PDP [3]. This is were what Fernando

have tried to explain below is really relevant...i

can also refer to more than two emails where

Sunday is trying to enlightening that lack of PDP compliance.

Some observations or facts to consider:


•1| First, the final action made [4] on tuesday by Jordi,

on behalf of the PDWG is a good proof that if

appropriately conducted, the consensus-driven

mecanism can work very well in this AfriNIC's


•2| The PDP is *sufficiently* clear about the emergency

procedure to use when it comes to replacing

the PDWG's Chair(s) before the end of mandate(s).

•3| The PDP is also clear (see CPM section 3.6 [5])

about who from the PDWG can varying the process

(PDP) and in which kind of circonstances.

•4| This post-recall PDWG's Chairs time makes

an interesting precedent to study and without

at least one of its Chairs, the PDWG is leaved

with no mean to varying the process by itself...

•5| ...within the CPM (version 1.6) [6] even a

consensus reached by the PDWG during this

emergency time *MUST* be bond to the few

tasks allowed by the PDP (select the new PDWG's

Chairs; then continue to follow the PDP)...we

failed on it; then we are in violation to the actual PDP.

•6| Yes! by the PDP, this PDWG is allowed to do

only very few things without its Chairs. Doing

more than those things is a clear violation

of the PDP.

•7| AfriNIC's BoD has its prerogatives and we are

sure it shall act accordingly if we, PDWG, fail

to enforce our PDP. Therefore there is no need

to violate our own PDP to do something which

will be surely do soon by the BoD. That's doing

something of non incidence...

•8| With the new PDWG's Chairs in action, of course,

the fact that the PDWG can not actually varying

the process by itself (raise a problem) could

be consider and therefore handled by proposing

a DPP (Draft Policy Proposal) to change at least

it for example...

•9| Jordi has proved a good ability to conduct

the PDWG, he is therefore a proven-good candidate

as a replacement PDWG's Chair, for us, IMHO.

10| Let's back to the PDP to do the only task

we PDWG are allowed to do without our Chairs.

Sunday, please can you handle the process

to help the PDWG to enforce its PDP?


...i want to call the PDWG once more [7], to firmly

defend its PDP; because that is the most important

thing to do, IMHO, during these difficult times.

If you see things differently, i look forward

to reading you too! ;-)

Thanks & Blessed thursday!


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Le mer. 17 févr. 2021 02:46, Fernando Frediani <fhfrediani at> a écrit :

Hello Gregoire

Well, the PDP makes it clear that is up to the WG to select the Co-Chairs, no one else (point 3.3). It doesn't have a fallback mechanism or even a point which allows the WG defer that decision to the Board.
This is different from when something is not mentioned at all and is considered not covered by current rules.

So anything different from what is in the PDP right now is a change in the PDP and a change in the PDP can only be done via the due process with rough consensus when we have new Co-Chairs in place. Even if the WG would decide unanimously right now to defer that decision it is something that cannot be done at the present because the current PDP as written forbids it having it clear the only way Co-Chairs can be chosen.

I keep hoping the Board will organize the elections soon and we will be able to progress in this matter with the natural way which is the WG choosing.
Hope also in the next change we have to adjust the PDP we can include the possibility for the Board to be able to select temporary/interim Co-Chairs during unforeseen situation and it is in other RIRs.



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