[council] RE: Amended Motion to Approve Plan for Bicameral Council Seat Transition

Gomes, Chuck cgomes at verisign.com
Mon Sep 21 21:57:12 UTC 2009


I agree with your concerns and in fact raised them in conversations that Avri and Staff and I had several weeks ago, but we are dealing with some very unique circumstances in this one time transition: 1) The new Council has to elect the chair and it will not be seated until 28 October; 2) there is the possibility that the chair election may be delayed 24 hours after 28 October if there are any absentee votes or several weeks or months if no candidate receives enough votes; 3) the approved Bylaws provide for the vice chairs to serve as Council co-chairs until a Chair is elected.  Therefore, if we try to elect the chair before the vice chairs and fail, we have a leadership vacuum. 

Item 6 of the plan we are voting on this coming Thursday calls for the following with regard to chair elections:
a. The GNSO Secretariat will call for nominations from existing Councilors for GNSO Council Chair on 7 October 2009.
b. The nomination period will end on 21 October 2009.
c. Nominees shall submit a candidacy statement in writing to the Council not later than 23 October 2009.

Item 3 of the plan calls for the following with regard to vice chair elections:
a. Nominations must be completed not later than 23 October 2009.
b. Elections must be completed not later than Tuesday, 27 October 2009.
c. Election requires a simple majority vote.

Some of the our concerns may be at least partially mitigated by the following: 1) Within the time constraints copied above, each House could agree on what candidate to nominate for chair prior to deciding on what candidate to nominate for vice chair; 2) if so desired, the candidate nominated for chair could be included in the nominations for vice chair in case that candidate is not elected as chair; 3) the candidate who receives at least a simple majority of votes for vice chair would be elected as vice chair and would serve in that capacity unless later elected as chair, in which case a new election for vice chair would be held.

I am sure you can think of variations that might be better.  One thing for sure, it would be smart for each House to be working on this now.


> -----Original Message-----
> From: owner-council at gnso.icann.org 
> [mailto:owner-council at gnso.icann.org] On Behalf Of Stéphane Van Gelder
> Sent: Monday, September 21, 2009 5:32 AM
> To: Avri Doria; Council GNSO
> Subject: Re: [council] RE: Amended Motion to Approve Plan for 
> Bicameral Council Seat Transition
> Adrian's suggestion makes a lot of sense.
> Let me push it a little further and add one of my own...
> Electing both the chair and vice-chairs (in that order), on 
> the same day would probably make the whole process run more 
> smoothly. And electing the chair before the vice-chairs 
> reduces the likelihood of the Council failing to complete 
> that election.
> Stéphane
> Le 20/09/09 14:33, « Avri Doria » <avri at psg.com> a écrit :
> > 
> > Hi Adrain,
> > 
> > I do not think that being elected a Vice-chair would 
> preclude someone 
> > from running for chair, but it would mean that if they succeeded, a 
> > new vice-chair would need to be elected.
> > 
> > I think the reason for suggesting that the vice-chairs be 
> elected up 
> > front is to make sure that they are in place should the 
> council fail 
> > to elect a chair during the meeting.
> > 
> > I think, in general, when not trying to effect this transition, the 
> > vice-chair elections would happen after the chair election 
> as has been 
> > the case up until now. I.e. this is a one time thing.
> > 
> > a.
> > 
> > 
> > On 20 Sep 2009, at 07:51, Adrian Kinderis wrote:
> > 
> >> Chuck et al,
> >> 
> >> A few quick questions and potentially some follow up on this (and 
> >> sorry if I am a little behind on this).
> >> 
> >> Is there rationale for electing Vice-Chairs prior to the Chair?
> >> 
> >> Would the election of a Vice-Chair, assuming the election is held 
> >> before the election for Chair, exclude a candidate from 
> running for 
> >> Chair?
> >> 
> >> Depending on your answers I may propose that the elections 
> be held in 
> >> reverse as this seems, on the surface at least, to be a little 
> >> unworkable and potentially problematic. I will await your response 
> >> prior to commenting further.
> >> 
> >> Thanks.
> >> 
> >> Adrian Kinderis
> >> 
> >> 
> >> From: owner-council at gnso.icann.org [mailto:owner- 
> >> council at gnso.icann.org] On Behalf Of Gomes, Chuck
> >> Sent: Friday, 18 September 2009 5:01 AM
> >> To: Council GNSO
> >> Subject: [council] Amended Motion to Approve Plan for Bicameral 
> >> Council Seat Transition
> >> Importance: High
> >> 
> >> Attached you will find a clean and a redline version of a revised 
> >> motion to approve the Plan for Bicameral Council Seat Transition 
> >> (i.e., an implementation plan for the new bicameral 
> Council).  Note 
> >> that I submitted the original motion two days ago but 
> Avri, Staff and 
> >> I discovered some changes that were needed after consultation with 
> >> the GC office and in our own discussions.  The clean 
> version is also 
> >> posted on the wiki at 
> >> https://st.icann.org/gnso-council/index.cgi?24_sept_motions
> >> .
> >> 
> >> This motion is on our agenda for our meeting next week on 24 
> >> September 2009 so please forward it to your respective groups for 
> >> review and comment as soon as possible for their review 
> and comment.
> >> 
> >> In the redline version you will see that quite a few changes were 
> >> made, although the overall essence of the plan is very similar to 
> >> what it was; quite a few needed details were added.
> >> 
> >> The clean version is probably the easiest to use but those 
> of you who 
> >> already reviewed the original motion may find it helpful 
> to refer to 
> >> the redline version so that you can easily see the changes 
> that were 
> >> made.  Also, the redline version contains comments that were 
> >> exchanged by Avri, ICANN Staff and I in the process; they 
> hopefully 
> >> will provide the rationale for the amendments made.  If anyone has 
> >> any questions, please feel free to ask.
> >> 
> >> As before, amendment suggestions are welcome.
> >> 
> >> Chuck Gomes
> > 
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