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Nomination process for two co-chairs of the AFRINIC PDWG is now open

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Dear colleagues,

The 2019 Nominations Committee is pleased to announce that the Nomination process for two co-chairs of the AFRINIC Policy Development Working Group (PDWG) is now open.  

In order to re-establish the sequence of two-year staggered terms given in Article 3.3 of the Consolidated Policy Manual, one seat will be filled for a two-year term, and one seat will be filled for a one-year term.  The open seats are:

  • Seat 1, to serve a two-year term from mid-2019 to mid-2021, currently held by Dewole Ajao.·      
  • Seat 2,  to serve a one-year term from mid-2019 to mid-2020, currently held by Sami Salih.

We are pleased to invite nominations for candidates for the above seats to serve a term starting from the election-day for the period specified above.


PDWG co-chairs are volunteers selected by the community as provided for in the current Policy Development Process (PDP). Their responsibilities are as follows:

  • Chairing Public Policy Meeting sessions and evaluating consensus or lack thereof.
  • Creating post-meeting policy reports (and meeting minutes).
  • Sending notifications for Last Call and evaluating consensus or lack thereof.
  • Writing reports to the board to recommend ratification of policy proposals that gained consensus.
  • Evaluating emergencies that necessitate varying the normal policy development process.
  • Moderating discussions on the mailing list and at face to face in accordance with the AFRINIC Code of Conduct.
  • Representing the AFRINIC PDWG community at other RIR community public policy meetings in-person or remotely. 


A nominee shall:·       

  • Be familiar with the AFRINIC Policy Development Process;·  
  • Have participated in the AFRINIC policy development working group·       
  • Be able to demonstrate that his/her activities are in the best interest of the African Internet Community.    
  • Be able to travel to the two annual AFRINIC public policy meetings. 


Criteria and qualifications for eligibility

A nominee shall be nominated by one (1) member of the Policy Development Working Group and seconded by one (1) member of the Policy Development Working Group. A member of  the Policy Development Working Group can nominate no more than one candidate and can second any number of candidates.

No person shall be appointed as a PDWG co-chair if he or she is a person who: 

  1. is under 18 years of age; 
  2. is an undischarged bankrupt; 
  3. is not a natural person; or 
  4. has been adjudged to have been of unsound mind

The seats are open to individuals residing within the AFRINIC service region.



Please complete the nomination form available at : to nominate yourself or a person of your choice.

The Closure of the Candidate Nomination period is 10th May 2019 at 20:00 UTC.

Note: It is expected that proposed candidates should be able to attend (in-person or remotely) the upcoming AFRINIC 30 Meeting, taking place in Kampala, Uganda, on 20th June 2019 - the day of the election, where they will have an opportunity to introduce themselves to the community and make a short presentation. Details on the election process can be found at


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