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Launch of the Africa Internet Summit

The Africa Internet Summit(AIS) was officially launched on 15 May 2012 at the AFRINIC 16 meeting in Serekunda, The Gambia. The annual Africa Internet Summit is a forum where major development issues faced by Africa are discussed. The forum provides a more business-oriented structure bringing together numerous stakeholders including policy makers, operators, regulators, technical experts, Internet service providers, government, and civil society representatives among others.

 

The Africa Internet Summit combines conference, training and networking for the Internet industry. The annual summit attracts internationally renowned speakers to share the latest innovations in Internet Protocol (IP) technology coupled with the emerging topics from the Industry. The AIS is also a prime international arena for advertising Information and Communication Technology (ICT) services and products.

 

Making voting easier and effective

For the past seven years AFRINIC has been conducting different elections within its community to elect its Board members, representative to the NRO-NC (Acting ASO-AC), and its policy discussion leaders. The elections have always been held during our face-to-face Public Policy meetings. Only those present were allowed vote. Members could cast their vote through Proxy (for Board election) appointed as per our Bylaws [Art 10.31-10.34].

The Proxy system has, however, been contentious during past Board elections. Besides, the average turnout has been very low (7-10% of the total membership). To remedy the situation, widen participation, and modernize the election process, the community proposed an e-voting system. This has been validated by our Legal Counsel. The e-voting system for Board election would eliminate the Proxy system, allowing members to participate directly online in the choice of their leaders.

The e-voting system is exclusively available for valid Members of AFRINIC on the member portal MyAFRINIC. The election system allows members to:

a. Appoint a proxy
b. Vote in an Election

If a member elects to exercise his/her right to vote online, the system denies such member the ability to appoint a proxy and vice-versa.

To be able to vote within MyAFRINIC, you will need to have a BPKI which authenticates voting on the portal. If you do not have you BPKI certificate yet, please contact our IP Analysts to request one.

For more information on how to vote and how the system works, please click here

 

   

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