[bc-gnso] BC GNSO Councilor & Small Business Seat on Nominating Committee Elections: Nominations close on Friday, Oct. 18th

Deutsch, Sarah B sarah.b.deutsch at verizon.com
Wed Oct 16 21:53:01 UTC 2013

I agree.   We've spent countless hours as a constituency trying to fix a series of practices that could reasonably be perceived inside and outside the BC as election irregularities.  The entire notion of having "private nominations" is a vestige from our past closed practices.

As a reminder, some of the election issues we've recently had to address included: (1) advocating for an actual fair election vs. the appointment of the Nomcom seat; (2) debating whether the separate seats on the Nomcom for small and large business representatives were somehow interchangeable; and (3) recent issues notifying members about the opening of the elections and then informing members who voted right away that their ballots were received "too early" and needed to be resubmitted.

Can we all just agree that we should err on the side of openness with everything associated with BC elections?  If there are differing points of view, perhaps we consult with ICANN staff about the best way to address this concern?



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From: owner-bc-gnso at icann.org [mailto:owner-bc-gnso at icann.org] On Behalf Of Stephane Van Gelder Consulting
Sent: Wednesday, October 16, 2013 4:40 PM
To: Benedetta Rossi; bc-gnso at icann.org
Subject: Re: [bc-gnso] BC GNSO Councilor & Small Business Seat on Nominating Committee Elections: Nominations close on Friday, Oct. 18th

Hi everyone,

I would like te reiterate that I find it very odd that as a group, we prefer to have private nominations.

If I am willing to support someone, I have no qualms about making that support public. Moreover, I find it troublesome that as a BC member, I do not know until the nomination deadline has passed whether someone has been nominated for a position or not.

I am left with having to try to read into a reminder message such as this one whether it is being sent two days before the deadline because there have been no nominations, or because it's just two days before the deadline.

And if I did know what nominations had been made, especially if none had been made, I might be spurred on to reach out to other potential candidates and try to get them on board. But with the current private nomination system, I just don't know.

Is there a historical reason for having private nominations? Do others feel, like I do, that it's time to put an end to the secrecy and to run fully transparent election processes?


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On 16 October 2013 18:47, Benedetta Rossi <bc-secretariat at icann.org<mailto:bc-secretariat at icann.org>> wrote:

From: BC Secretariat
Date:  October 16th, 2013
CC:     Glen De Saint Gery, Returning Officer ,Robert Hoggarth, Verifying Officer, bcvotes at hotmail.com<mailto:bcvotes at hotmail.com>
Re:     BC GNSO Councilor & Small Business NomCom Seat Elections: Reminder - Nominations Close on Friday, Oct.18th

Please note that this is the announcement for the BC elections for one of the two BC GNSO Councilor seats and the Small Business Seat on the Nominating Committee . Please note that the nomination period will close on Friday, October 18th. If you would like to submit a nomination, please follow the procedure outlined in the election procedure attached, and submit your nomination to the bcvotes at hotmail.com<mailto:bcvotes at hotmail.com> email address prior to Friday COB.

Candidate statements should also be sent to the bcvotes at hotmail.com<mailto:bcvotes at hotmail.com> no later than Sunday, Oct. 20th.
Once again, please refer to the attachment for the full details regarding this election.

Transmitted by the BC Secretariat:  Benedetta Rossi, serving as Voting Officer

Kind Regards,

Benedetta Rossi
BC Secretariat
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