Re: [council] Council wide Nominations are closed - Part 2 Each House determines a Candidate
To my recollection, none of our previous elections while I have been on Council
have been public. I thought I'd missed the rationale for holding it publicly.
I've gone back and reviewed the messages I could find, but haven't seen one. I
had thought we would be voting privately in the week beforehand with the
results announced at the meeting.
I object to our having to hold the election as a roll call vote. I believe all
Councilors should be permitted to cast votes privately. Casting open ballots
will not be conducive to the improved working relationship that many of us have
articulated a desire to develop. Moreover, given that I have found the
environment at ICANN meetings generally (including public Council meetings) to
be hostile, I believe casting those votes publicly is more likely than not to
exacerbate that problem.
In sum, I want to vote privately as we've done in the past and have the results
announced at the Council meeting. Doing so has the extra benefit of having a
definitive result at the Council meeting (assuming there is a clear winner); no
delay from absentee balloting will occur.
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Subject: Re: [council] Council wide Nominations are closed - Part 2 Each House
determines a Candidate
I wanted to ad a few more details to this part of the process.
On 15 Oct 2009, at 08:01, Glen de Saint GÃry wrote:
> B. PROPOSED SCHEDULE FOR THE VOTING
> For this election, the voting will take place at the public Council
> meeting in Seoul on Wednesday, 28 October 2009.
> Avri Doria, current GNSO Council chair, will serve as non-voting
> chair of the bicameral Council meeting on 28 October until such time
> as a new chair is elected, at which time the new chair will assume
> the chair responsibilities.
> If an absentee ballot is required to complete the chair's election,
> this will be a 24 hour ballot scheduled to end on 29 October. If no
> chair has been elected by the end of the Annual meeting on 30
> October, the vice-chairs will assume the chair responsibilities as
> defined in the Bylaws and a runoff will be scheduled as determined
> in the Council Procedures.
> The winning candidate needs 60% of the votes of each house.
> The Council shall inform the Board and the Community appropriately
> and post the election results on the GNSO website within 2 business
> days following the election.
> In the event that the GNSO Council has not elected a GNSO Council
> Chair by the end of the previous Chair's term, the Vice-Chairs will
> serve as Interim GNSO Co-Chairs until a successful election can be
Since this election will be done in the meeting, I am planning to hold
it as an open vote via a roll call. This will be the second major
item on the agenda, after a vote on any amendments to the proposed
Operating Procedures the new Operating Procedures as possibly amended.
I am hoping that all of the council members will be available for the
vote, either in person or via remote communications, so that the
election can be completed on the Wednesday, even if it needs to go to
two rounds. If we do not have everyone available for the call, then
we will need to go a 24 hour absentee ballot on each round. This
means that the first round would not end until Thursday morning. If
necessary we could schedule a second round for Thursday, though we
would then need to allow for voting at the Thursday meeting, which
would be an exception to our normal practice. In this case a second
absentee ballot would end on Friday afternoon. In any case, the goal
is to enable the election of the new chair, if at all possible, by the
end of the Seoul meeting.
As I said, I am hoping we can avoid needing to do an absentee ballot
so I hope that any council member who cannot attend the meeting can
participate remote in al least the first part of the Wednesday meeting.
Assuming we have a different candidate from each House, each council
member polled would in turn be able to vote for:
Candidate chosen by Contracted Parties House (CP House
or, Candidate chosen by Non Contracted Parties House (NCP House)
or, None of the above
(In the case of a single candidate chosen by both Houses, the vote
would resemble the second round procedure below)
The votes would be tabulated separately according to House, though the
roll will be called alphabetically.
To succeed a candidate needs 60% or each house. This means 5 out of
7 votes for the CP House and 8 out of 13 votes for the NCP House.
- If either the CP House candidate or NCP House candidate get 60%
of each House, he or she will have been elected and will take over as
chair of the meeting at that point.
- If 'None of the above' gets 60% of each house, then the election is
halted and rescheduled for a month later. In this case the two vice-
chairs will take over as interim co-chairs at the end of the week.
- If neither of the candidates (or "none of the above") gets the
required 60% of each house, then a second round is called for.
Assuming every one is present on Wednesday morning, we can hold this
second round vote immediately, otherwise we can hold it on Thursday.
The second roll call vote will be between:
The candidate who received the greatest combined percentage of the
votes when the results of each house is summed to the other
(Percentage from CP House + Percentage from NCP House)
or, None of the above
If the candidate receives 60% votes of each House ( out of 7 votes for
the CP House and 8 out of 13 votes for the NCP House) then that
candidate has been elected and will take over as chair of the meeting
at that point.
Otherwise, the election then the election is halted and rescheduled
for a month later. In this case the two vice-chairs will take over as
interim co-chairs at the end of the week.
I believe this process follows from the rules set for the election of
chairs in the new bi-cameral council. I very much look forward to
completing a successful election on Wednesday morning.