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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