[council] Question.

carlos dionisio aguirre carlosaguirre62 at hotmail.com
Thu Dec 15 13:16:39 UTC 2011

Stephane . Thanks for your prompt response, you are very smart and inteligent. But, I consider the issue is not so simple. And with all my respect I allow myself to say the following:
The point is not only "Thomas gave his proxy to Mason", the point is that was against the our established OR&P (on my humble point of view), and this is so serious, because on my point of view also, somebody must assume the lack of responsability to approve that conduct, thats the point to have in account.
When we have rules, nobody can do what they want. For that was my question:
 #1 why do you accept..... against the rules? Are you or any councilor or even the council, capable to change our rules, or give authorization to "jump" some rule? Who is responsible for this situation?

And this, generate another issue: if there are anybody in the call against what rules say. What happen with the resolution taken in the teleconference? are valids? this is another point to take in consideration, and I personaly consider is no a simple thing.

in response to the last paragraph of your answer, I agree with you. On this sense and without intention to disturb the call,  I made a comment to Wolf by private chat. Obviously, my idea is help to build a better GNSO.

Carlos Dionisio Aguirre
former ALAC member by LACRALO
Abogado - Especialista en Derecho de los Negocios
Sarmiento 71 - 4to. 18 Cordoba - Argentina -
*54-351-424-2123 / 423-5423

Subject: Re: [council] Question.
From: stephane.vangelder at indom.com
Date: Thu, 15 Dec 2011 12:15:39 +0100
CC: council at gnso.icann.org
To: carlosaguirre62 at hotmail.com

Thomas gave his proxy to Mason. Perhaps you should enquire with him as to why he did not give it to you, if you feel that was unfair.
On the second point, this is my read of the rules. The secretariat (Glen) should feel free to correct me if I am wrong. But to me, your read is wrong. There are 7 councillors (including the NCA) in the CPH. To me, a majority is more than half, so 4. If there is another read to the word majority, I do not see it defined in the rules. One thing seems certain to me however, and that is that majority does not mean the total number of available councillors, as you suggest. The rules also say there must be at least one councillor from each SG. At the very least I was on the call and so was Jeff Neuman. That's one from each SG in the CPH.
Finally, a more general point. When you have valid questions of this kind, I feel it would be more helpful to state them during the meeting, so that something can be done immediately. I would appreciate your support, and the support of anyone on the Council, in helping to make the meetings run both smoothly and according to our rules. And because one person can't do everything at once, it is helpful if you spot something that you feel is not within the parameters of those rules, to mention it as constructive criticism while the meeting is in flow. That way, if there really is a problem, it can be remedied at once.

Le 15 déc. 2011 à 00:17, carlos dionisio aguirre a écrit :Stephane .
First of all I want to apologize by my ignorance if it the case. Second I ask, in order to learn more. I ask the question to whom I consider is the person capable to give me answers.
Going directly to the point, I have to say that I have a few doubts in relation with the past teleconference call quorum. My specific doubt is about, differents points:

1- Why did you accept the proxy given by Thomas Rickert to Mason Cole, being Thomas a NCA, and having in account that our OR&P, the specific rule say:

3.8 Absences and Vacancies3.8.4 Remedy: Temporary Alternatea. For a Councilor who is not appointed by the Nominating Committee, the appointingorganization may, at its discretion, name a Temporary Alternate to serve in the absentor vacant Councilor’s seat.b. For a voting NCA, the Council non-voting NCA is immediately activated to serve asa Temporary Alternate subject to provisions in Section 4.7-Temporary Alternate. Thecommunication required pursuant to Section 4.8-Procedures, Paragraph b, if it cannotbe submitted by the voting NCA, will be completed and forwarded by the non-VotingNCA.-----------------------
2- I understand (correct me if Im wrong) The Quorum needed to session in case of CPH is 7 Councilors present, all of this accordingChapter 4.0: Voting
4.1 Quorum
In order for the GNSO Council to initiate a vote, a quorum must be present. A quorum is a
majority of voting members in each House, which must include at least one member of each
Stakeholder Group.

In case of the past teleconference call I can see on the transcript record only 6 councilors present & the proxy y (given badly in my point of view) by Thomas to Mason,
List of attendees:
Contracted Parties House
Registrar Stakeholder Group: Stéphane van Gelder, Mason Cole, Yoav Keren
gTLD Registries Stakeholder Group: Jeff Neuman, Jonathan Robinson, Ching Chiao- – absent, apologies, proxy to Jeff Neuman
Nominating Committee Appointee (NCA): Thomas Rickert – absent, apologies proxy to Mason Cole
 Could you explain me what was the procedure to session?
3 - In a hypothetical case that proxy was bad given (having in account the rules mentioned), what is the solution for votes in each motion debated on the call?

others clauses applicable in my point of view, for this case are:
Chapter 4.0: Voting
4.1 Quorum
In order for the GNSO Council to initiate a vote, a quorum must be present. A quorum is a
majority of voting members in each House, which must include at least one member of each
Stakeholder Group........b. Quorum
An absent Council member does not count toward quorum even if a proxy has been
established. A Temporary Alternate (see Section 4.7-Temporary Alternate below) if
present, would count toward quorum. 
(4.6 Proxy Voting
An abstaining or absent Council member as defined above (the Proxy Giver) may transfer his or
her vote to any other Council member (the Proxy Holder).)  BUT
c. Proxy Notification
A proxy notification must be sent to the GNSO Secretariat and should indicate which
type it is. The notification should, where applicable, be sent by the Proxy Giver's
appointing organization. Ordinarily a proxy notification must be received by the
GNSO Secretariat before the start of the relevant meeting.

1 The term “appointing organization” (see Section 1.3.1) does not comprise the Nominating Committee; therefore,
the Voting Direction remedy does not apply to House NCAs.

1.3 Definitions
1.3.1 An “appointing organization” is defined to be the Stakeholder Group or Constituency that
elected or appointed a representative to the GNSO Council1. Note that, for the purposes
of these procedures, the Nominating Committee is not considered an “appointing

Im  asking you because I sent to Wolf a private chat during the teleconference, and Im still waiting your response (probably he may have not seen it).
At the end, I want give my thanks in advance for time and the explanation that you can give me. 

Carlos Dionisio AguirreNCA GNSO Council - ICANN
former ALAC member by LACRALOAbogado - Especialista en Derecho de los NegociosSarmiento 71 - 4to. 18 Cordoba - Argentina -
*54-351-424-2123 / 423-5423
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