[council] Voting options for GNSO Chair

Tatiana Tropina tatiana.tropina at gmail.com
Thu Oct 21 09:52:04 UTC 2021

Dear Councillors,

Having seen no objection to the plan outlined below (sent to the GNSO
Council mailing list on 5 October), the newly seated Council will conduct a
roll-call vote on 27 October 2021 for the GNSO Chair election.

Warm regards,

On Tue, 5 Oct 2021 at 11:26, Tatiana Tropina <tatiana.tropina at gmail.com>

> Dear Councillors,
> As it was discussed briefly at the end of our September Council meeting,
> we need to finalise the process by which the next GNSO Council will vote
> for its new Chair.
> The context is very similar to last year’s:
> 1. Philippe Fouquart is the sole candidate for GNSO Chair.
> 2. The new Council will conduct the vote after the Annual General Meeting
> transition.
> 3. Appointment of the GNSO Chair requires 60% support of each house.
> 4. Historically, votes for Chair have been conducted in-person with paper
> ballots and votes are anonymous.
> 5. The Chair position is not contested and we’re not able to meet in
> person to conduct a paper vote.
> 6. Similar to last year, there is a range of options from acclamation to a
> secret email vote. After discussing these options, Pam and I are
> recommending that the Council conducts a simple roll-call vote as we did
> last year. This will clearly establish that the minimum threshold had been
> met to avoid a run-off between the Candidate and “none-of-the-above,” while
> avoiding the unnecessary complexity of holding an email vote for an
> uncontested seat.
> If anyone has concerns about this suggested approach, please let us know
> before the end of this week.
> Warm regards,
> Tatiana (and Pam)
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