[council] Draft GNSO Council Operating Procedures - abstentions

Philip Sheppard philip.sheppard at aim.be
Mon Sep 21 07:47:24 UTC 2009

Fellow Council Members,
one issue debated but unresolved by the drafting team is the oddity in Council
voting over abstentions.
To date an abstention has counted as a vote against the motion because of the
way the old by-laws were written.
I believe this is no longer the case in the new by-laws and so the decision is
up to us as Council as to what we want to put in our internal rules (the
operating procedures).
The current draft continues the old practise.
I would like to propose an amendment to the draft op. procedures as follows:
5.4 "Abstentions will count towards the establishment of a quorum but do not
count as votes cast." 

This will mean an abstention is just that a decision to not vote. At present it
is not the case.(The ability to state why a member abstains remains).

The only rationale for the current situation is the the same rule applies for
the Board. To my mind there are reasons why a Board may have such a rule that
are not relevant to a policy development body such as Council.

Is everyone happy to make this change ?



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