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[rpd] Criteria for Eligibility or Selection of PDWG Co-Chairs

Fri Feb 19 14:36:40 UTC 2021

Hi Anthony,

The criteria set by the elections process is broken because too many reasons, including:
The criterion was NOT set by the PDWG.
The same criteria can’t be used for AFRINIC (organization) and non-membership, because those are different things, and not comparable.

This is why we were discussing a chairs elections proposal.




El 19/2/21 13:27, "Anthony Ubah" <ubah.tonyiyke at> escribió:

Hello Noah,

This is an interesting list of criteria, but I'll have to disagree with them in this case.

I'll narrow my reason down to one thing, and that is, this directly contravenes the AfriNIC (PDWG) Election Process. Also, nothing in the CPM clearly prevents any member of the community from voting.

Under the Policy Development Working Group (PDWG), Election Process, (

it states thus;

3) Candidate Eligibility
The candidate must:

1. Be a natural person residing in a country from the AFRINIC service region.

2. Not be a staff of AFRINIC or any other Regional Internet Registry (RIR).

An election is slated to be open and fair, thus should be no criteria contrary to those of the CPM, which is our guide. Kindly note that only a policy can effect changes otherwise.

So basically, we need to promote the idea of an open election and fair elections, thus none’s rights should be stifled. Any candidate willing to volunteer to run for a chair should be allowed to exercise his/her rights to do so.

On a final note, you have just played the same role which you have criticized Jordi for, what goes around does come around.

Best Regards,


On Fri, Feb 19, 2021 at 6:54 AM Noah <noah at> wrote:

Hi PDWG participants,

Could we as a WG participants agree on a set of criteria for a WG participant to become a co-chair.

This I believe is more important and I had shared some few ideas below a separate thread but I think it would make sense to work this out on this new thread.

Some thoughts that crossed my mind as criteria;

1. Active participation in WG discussions by a participant, in say, the past 3 years.

2. Participant should demonstrate a clear understanding of the CPM and especially sections that relate to the PDWG.

3. Participant should have some 5 years sound technical experience in this space with a clear understanding of Internet Protocol and preferably having worked in this space.

4. Affiliation with an entity which is am AFRINIC resource members could come in handy for a participant interested in chairing policy discussions.

5. Understanding of rfc7282 and what rough consensus and consensus is all about, after all consensus is a path and not a destination. This is very important.

Other participants in this WG can also add and we see what criteria are more required and which ones to discard to keep it simple.

I stand to be corrected but I think we as a WG have an obligation to first sort this requirements out before we can think of the selection of the interim co-chairs.



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