[council] Second round of voting for chair if needed

Gomes, Chuck cgomes at verisign.com
Tue Nov 30 16:07:06 UTC 2010

I have been informed by Glen that the results of the first round of voting for Council Chair should be reported in the next few hours and that a second round of voting will be required between the candidate having the highest total percent votes from both houses and 'none of the above'.  In light of that, I want to say that Olga, Stéphane and I decided to use option 1 below for the next voting round for the following reasons:

·         Two comments were received in support of that option and no other comments were received.

·         Using option 1 will mean that less time will be needed in the live public meeting on 8 December and will help us deal with an extremely full agenda.

·         Knowing the results of the second round of voting before the 8 December meeting will be beneficial for leading that meeting and other GNSO meetings that follow in Cartagena.

·         In case any Councilors are unable to participate in the 8 December meeting, providing for an online ballot in advance should avoid the need to have absentee voting after 8 December and hence avoid further delays in getting the results.


A second ballot will be sent to voting Councilors tomorrow (Wednesday, 1 December) containing the name of the leading candidate and 'none of the above', as specified in the GNSO Operating Procedures.  The deadline for voting in response to that ballot will be 5 pm COT/EST on Constituency Day (Tuesday, 7 December).  The results will be communicated as soon as possible but no later than in the Council meeting on 8 December.


If there are any questions, please feel free to ask.




From: owner-council at gnso.icann.org [mailto:owner-council at gnso.icann.org] On Behalf Of Gomes, Chuck
Sent: Saturday, November 27, 2010 2:09 PM
To: council at gnso.icann.org
Subject: [council] Second round of voting for chair if needed
Importance: High


As everyone knows, the first round of voting for Council chair will end on Monday, 29 December.  The results will be communicated as soon as possible thereafter.

If neither Olga or Stéphane receive at least 60% of the votes from each house and if the sum of the percent of votes received in each house for one of them is higher than the other, then the GNSO Operating Procedures (GOP) call for a second ballot between the leading candidate and 'none of the above', but do not specify exactly when that second ballot should happen.  Here are two options that I would like feedback on:  1) send out the second ballot on Wednesday, December 1 and close that ballot at the end of Constituency Day on December 7; 2) hold the second ballot in the public Council meeting on 8 December in Cartagena. 

Please communicate any preferences you have not later than close of business on Monday, 29 December so that I have some basis for making a decision on this.  To the extent possible in the short time available, please obtain input from your respective groups.

Thanks in advance for your cooperation.


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