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[rpd] Call for interest for PDWG chairs closed & Way forward

Sylvain Baya abscoco at
Thu Apr 8 20:13:45 UTC 2021

Dear PDWG,
Hope you are well!

Le jeu. 8 avr. 2021 17:17, Jaco Kroon <jaco at> a écrit :

> Hi All,


Hi Jaco,
Thanks for you email, brother!

Given that we've repeatedly stated that there should be a nominator and a

> seconder for all nominations, this means we only really received 3

> nominations (3,4,5 below).


> Given that Abulkarim (4) was one of the co-chairs removed by the recall

> committee, and there has been controversy around the previous co-chairs, in

> my opinion we only really have two candidates.


...maybe AK could accept to step down by himself this time :-/

If that scenario occurs, the situation becomes effectively simpler: two
the shortest pool to rely on.
What Jaco is proposing us to do is to hear the
candidates, then to adopt their internal decision.
If that is possible with two candidates...why
not trying to extend this same approach to the
full pool of rights candidacies? Rather than
simply trying to exclude one candidacy without
the consent of the candidate :-/

We could simply start by tasking those three
candidates to attempt to exclude one of them by
themselves...they can do it either privately
during an online recorded meeting supervised
by the AfriNIC's CEO or with the presence of volunteers
from the PDWG.

...i understand the rational behind the proposition
from Jaco, but it seems to be not fully practical
at this time.

Question: What is the criteria which could be
used to remove one of the three acceptable
candidacies from the pool?

...if there is no one we can use right now. Then conclusion: we should live
with that pool as is.

PDWG, please consider this email as an amendment
of the actual proposition from Jaco. Imho a more
practical way forward than the interesting
one below...

...that said! i call you to freely consider the two
alternatives. Thanks,


And both of these candidates seems to be good choices. From Vincent's (3)

> nomination, by Barry:


> "Vincent is an outstanding person for the PDWG as he was the first

> co-chair of the same back in the days. we need to bring back the

> fundamental values and hence i nominate him"


> I could not agree more about bringing back the fundamentals, and plainly

> Vincent has experience in a co-chair position that we desperately need at

> this point in time.


> Regarding Darwin (5), I've gone back and read a fair number of his emails

> over the last year or so, and Darwin in my opinion has a level head, the

> ability to reason and understand as well. I could not find a single

> example of him being involved personally in a controversy in spite of him

> providing his opinion on a number of topics.


> I would thus like to make two proposals.


> 1. We select the two candidates as above, in my opinion with Vincent in

> the two-year tenure and Darwin in the one year tenure. By consensus if

> possible.


> 2. Given that the next meeting is two months from now, I would like to

> propose that we measure these tenures as from "this year" such that the

> effective tenures will be one and two years respectively from now, and not

> "puppet" and "one year" effectively.


> Kind Regards,

> Jaco

> On 2021/04/08 16:26, AFRINIC Policy Liaison wrote:


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