[AFRI-Discuss] At-Large NomCom Seats
nick.ashton-hart at icann.org
Thu Aug 16 03:49:00 EDT 2007
Since a number of questions and statements have been made about the
NomCom seats, who appoints them, what do those appointed have to do /
what are the time requirements, etc. I wanted to put everything about
this subject into one email for everyone.
The ICANN Bylaw provisions as it relates to this:
The ALAC shall [....] after consultation with each RALO, annually
appoint five voting delegates (no two of whom shall be citizens of
countries in the same Geographic Region, as defined according to
Section 5 of Article VI) to the Nominating Committee.
This means that the ALAC must consult the region on who to appoint.
The ALAC have asked each region to forward a name, or more than one
name, to them before the end of August. The ALAC will then select
from amongst those names submitted the single individual for each
region to the NomCom.
WHO IS ELIGIBLE?
Of the currently sitting NomCom members appointed by At-Large, only
Sebastian Ricciardi is eligible for a second term. All other ALAC-
appointed NomCom members are term-limited.
HOW DO THE REGIONS DECIDE WHAT NAME(s) TO FORWARD?
This is entirely up to them. Regions could decide to have formal
elections to choose one name, or three names, or any number of names
to forward to ALAC; they could ask for volunteers and send the entire
list to ALAC. It is completely up to the region. I provided the
Secretariats with the option - if a region so chooses, and because it
was clear to me that some regions might be holding an election - of
using the voting system which At-Large already has. I made this offer
not to suggest any course of action, but simply to make it easier to
manage a vote. There is no obligation to use this tool, just as there
is no obligation to hold a vote. There is no set way to hold the
selection if the tool is used; the tool itself is very flexible and
can, for example, produce 1 'winner', just as it can be setup to
provide a ranked list of the whole candidate pool in order of
WHAT DOES BEING A MEMBER OF NOMCOM INVOLVE?
Below is an excerpt from an email from Adam Peake of the NomCom:
Timeline of the 2007 committee might help:
* Announcement of Formal Call --1 February 2007
* Deadline of Formal Call for Full Consideration -- 1 May 2007
* Deadline extended until 18 May 2007 23:59 UTC
* Review and Evaluation -- May to early July
* Face-to-Face Meeting and Selection -- early July 2007
* Results Announced to ICANN Secretary -- before 2 October 2007
* Selected candidates take their positions as the conclusion of the
ICANN General Meeting 2007, 2 November 2007
The 2007 NomCom held it's first meeting after the Sao Paulo ICANN
meeting (December 8 and 9). The 2007 AGM in LA is earlier, so the
2008 schedule may move forward a month.
The commitment is essentially:
To be able to attend one ICANN meeting (i.e. LA), ideally for the
full meeting (from Monday Oct. 29) but at least to be there for the
NomCom session which will be the afternoon of Friday Nov 2, and all
day Saturday November 3.
NomCom's final task is the selection meeting, a requirement for all
members. The meeting usually takes 3 full days. The location and
date will be decided by the NomCom. Usually the location is
wherever's easiest for the majority, or the chair's choice. Likely
timing is June or July 2008. So the NomCom works from November 2007
to mid-summer 2008.
Work during the period from the first face to face meeting to the end
of recruitment includes approx 6 conference calls of the full
committee. i.e. around one call every 6 weeks. Members should recruit
candidates, and how much time they take doing that is a personal
choice. But it can take some hours. If each member recruits 5
candidates then there would be over 100 candidates in the pool. Took
a lot of effort to get 90 candidates this year, and people worked
hard at recruitment.
The main work (time) begins once recruitment has finished. All
candidates will give the names of 3 or 4 people who provide
references. Chasing these references (making sure people submit
them) can take some time. Each candidates submits a statement of
interest (SOI), essentially an application form these a usually 4-5
pages. 90 SOIs is 2007, add 3 or 4 references for each candidate and
it adds up to a lot of reading. Members should be familiar with all
There is a burst of activity as the date of the selection meeting
approaches. NomCom usually breaks into sub-groups that evaluate
candidates in detail. There might be 3 or 4 2-hour teleconferences
during this period of about 3 weeks.
Some NomCom members, particularly those not very familiar with ICANN
may be asked to attend one of the other ICANN meetings held in the
early part of 2008. But this is not required, and is for the chair
Overall, the NomCom is a reasonably light time commitment by ICANN
working group standards. However, the commitment toward the end of
the process is intense. I expect during June and perhaps early July
depending on the timing of the selection meeting, NomCom will be
quite time consuming, many calls and a lot of reading.
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