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NomCom 2017 Call for Volunteers

31 January 2016The AFRINIC Board is required to appoint a Nomination Committee (NomCom) every year.  I hereby call for volunteers from the community to fill three open positions on the 2017 NomCom.

If you are interested in serving on the 2017 NomCom, please send your expression of interest, including a short biography, by email to legal<at>afrinic dot net by Tuesday 14 February 2017 at 20:00 UTC.

The duties of the NomCom, and the elections to be held, are described below.

 

Election To Be Held

* AFRINIC Board of Directors:

Three Board seats are up for election, to serve three-year terms from July 2017 to June 2019:

- Seat 3 (Indian Ocean), currently held by Kris Seeburn;

- Seat 4 (Central Africa), currently held by Christian D. Bope;

- Seat 8 (Non-geographical), currently held by Andrew Alston.

 

* Policy Development Working Group:

One PDWG co-chair position is up for election, to serve a two-year term from June 2017 to June 2019.  The seat is currently held by Dewole Ajao.

 

* Governance Committee:

One Governance Committee position is up for election, to serve a three-year term from January 2018 to December 2020.  The seat is currently held by Abdalla Omari.

 

* NRO-NC/ASO-AC:

One member of the NRO NC/ASO AC needs to be elected during 2017, to serve a three-year term from January 2018 to December 2020.  The seat is currently held by Douglas Onyango.

 

Nomcom Composition and Responsibilities

According to Section 9 of the AFRINIC by-laws, a Nominations Committee (NomCom) appointed by the Board must work to ensure that appropriate candidates are nominated to contest for open seats and that all elections are successfully conducted according to current procedures.

 

The bylaws say that NomCom must have four members, appointed by the Board.  The Board’s practice is to appoint the four members as follows;

- One member selected from within the AFRINIC Board;

- Three members selected by the AFRINIC Board from the community.

 

In terms of section 9.1 of the Bylaws:

- No candidate for election to the Board may be a member of the NomCom;

- No person domiciled in a region whose Board seat is open for renewal may be a member of the NomCom; this means that the 2017 NomCom may not not include people who reside in the Central Africa or Indian Ocean regions.

 

Responsibilities of the NomCom are defined in section 9 of the AFRINIC bylaws and include the following:

- Report to the Board and follow guidelines set by the Board;

- Call for candidates for all open positions;

- Prescribe criteria and qualifications for eligibility to stand for election;

- Interview candidates, if appropriate, prior to finalising the slate of candidates;

- Finalise the list of candodates for every election;

- Supervise the conduct of the polls by the Election Committee on election day.

 

The Board further expects NomCom members to:

- be neutral; to have no interest in the results of the elections;

- be trusted members of the AFRINIC community;

- have good knowledge of the AFRINIC business environment;

- do their best to fulfill their responsibilities.

 

NomCom members do not receive any remuneration.

AFRINIC staff will provide logistical support to the NomCom throughout their mandate. Such support includes publication of the list of nominees, compilation of comments, mailing list moderation, website update, communication with nominees and other duties pertaining to the roles and responsibilities of the NomCom.

 

How to Volunteer

If you are interested in serving on the 2017 NomCom, please send your expression of interest, including a short biography, by email to legal<at>afrinic dot net by Tuesday 14 February 2017 at 20:00 UTC.

 

AFRINIC and Nigerian Internet Registration Association (NiRA) Academy Sign MoU

30 January 2017 Alan Barrett, AFRINIC CEO, and Sikiru A. Shehu, Dean NiRA Academy, signed an MoU to develop and certify skills in Internet Number Resources Management and IPv6 throughout Nigeria. The signing ceremony took place during the ICANN African Governmental Advisory Committee (GAC) workshop in Nairobi, Kenya, in the presence of Sunday Folayan, Chair of the AFRINIC Board, and Göran Marby, CEO ICANN.

AFRINIC is one of only twelve organisations in the world certified by the IPv6 Forum to directly certify engineers. As a valued partner in AFRINIC’s new certi::6 programme, NiRA Academy will administer certification exams locally in Nigeria enabling engineers to complete their certification within one week at an affordable price. Local training will be facilitated by NiRA Academy using AFRINIC's world-class IPv6 training course materials and certified trainers will prepare local engineers for certification under the certi::6 programme.

"AFRINIC has been leading IPv6 capacity building efforts throughout the continent for many years and is proud to partner with NiRA to further reinforce the message that the time to deploy IPv6 is now," said Mr. Barrett. "This partnership comes at a crucial moment in the evolution of the global Internet. Just a few weeks ago, AFRINIC announced that it is nearing Phase 1 of IPv4 Exhaustion. Our pool of IPv4 address space is depleting fast and network operators need to prepare for IPv6 deployment as soon as possible. Partnering with NiRA will ensure that AFRINIC's top-level IPv6 training materials are more accessible to Nigerian engineers, further reinforcing our commitment to capacity building efforts throughout our service region".

 

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