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[rpd] AFRINIC PDWG Co-Chair Selection Timeframe

Owen DeLong owen at
Wed Apr 27 05:35:47 UTC 2022

>  Unless and until that happens, the mechanism for selecting co-chairs should not be altered ad hoc.
> Ok! Let's move forward, as you strongly disagree 
> to this pré-selection procedure; with reasonable 
> arguments...imho, the discussion has reached a 
> point where the PDWG's Chairs should decide what
>  they know, they have that power [1] 
> and they are free to use it at this occasion.
> __
> [1]: "3.6  Varying the Process
> The process outlined in this document may vary in
>  the case of an emergency. Variance is for use 
> when a one-time waiving of some provision of this 
> document is required.

As you point out, varying the process requires an emergency. This is NOT an emergent situation, so no, the co-chairs aren’t free to vary the process this time. Yes, last year was emergent due to the constraints imposed by the COVID emergency. We’ve begun to move from Pandemic phase to Endemic phase and we’ve had a year to plan for this situation. As such, no such emergency exists at this time.

> The decision to vary the process is taken by a 
> Working Group Chair.
> There must be an explanation about why the 
> variance is needed.
> The review period, including the Last Call, shall 
> not be less than four weeks.
> If there is consensus, the policy is approved and it 
> must be presented at the next Public Policy Meeting."
>,Public%20Policy%20Meeting <,Public%20Policy%20Meeting>.

I suppose that technically, if a WG chair decides there’s an emergency, that meets the letter of the law, but the clear intent of the language is that the co-chair is expected to be able to explain himself and justify the emergency (and the resulting variance) to the satisfaction of the working group.


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