[Euro-board] Draft EURALO petition on At-Large slate

"Kleinwächter, Wolfgang" wolfgang.kleinwaechter at medienkomm.uni-halle.de
Wed Nov 3 18:48:53 UTC 2010

Wolf you have my okay.
With regard to candidates from other regions, this should be the business of the other RALOs. 


Von: euro-board-bounces at atlarge-lists.icann.org im Auftrag von Wolf Ludwig
Gesendet: Mi 03.11.2010 17:44
An: Euro Board
Cc: Christopher Wilkinson
Betreff: Re: [Euro-board] Draft EURALO petition on At-Large slate

Dear all,

sorry for pushing but I would like to settle this petition ASAP
(because time is pressing). And I didn't get much response on my
yesterday's draft so far (can't imagine it was too bad). Or I could
take it as a kind of silent approval?

There is one point, I think we should CONSIDER carefully (what I
mentioned in a previous mail pasted below). It was an argument
raised by Adam as well, *the question of proportionality and appearance
of our petition to other RALOs*. The more I reflect, the more uncertain
I am whether it would be politically wise to go for an extension with
3 candidates (admitting that JJS and Jordi are highly qualified as well).

My main concern is that our demand to have three Europeans and
two North-Americans on the ballot may provoke some consternation
among our colleagues from the South. Your comments on this are
WELCOME! Thanks and

kind regards,

Wolf Ludwig wrote 02 Nov 2010:
Once we agreed to have a petition for the mentioned three, we have
to ask the other two whether they agree to our petitioning on their
behalf -- this was a matter of course to me, perhaps silent enough ;-)

Your second point came to my mind as well, the question of proportionality
and appearance to other RALOs, especially those of the South. For Avri we
have a kind of mandate already, the other two Europeans didn't ask us yet
for doing this. Lobbying for three Europeans and an additional Northern
American will somehow marginalise the only candidate from the South (Pierre)
what is not intended by us but could be perceived as the old Northern or
notorious post-colonial hegemony or arrogance (they still believe they are
the best ...) and provoke unwanted but understandable counter reflexes.
This IMO is a serious point to be taken into consideration.

Wolf Ludwig wrote Tue, 02 Nov 2010 16:31:
>Dear all,
>as repeatedly discussed with several of you, I think there is consent that EURALO should launch an inter-RALO petition to get Avri and some more valid candidates back on the slate again. Below you can find a draft for such a petition to organise support from (at least two) other RALOs. Your comments, editings (from native speakers) ,modifications etc. are strongly welcome -- but please mark or insert them in the draft text already (to avoid time intensive tracing of suggested modifications for the final version).  Thanks! If Olivier wants to co-sign the letter, you are welcome.
>Kind regards,
>--- beginning (Draft) ---
>EURALO Petition text:
>Dear Fatima,
>Dear Hong,
>Dear Andrés,
>Dear Evan,
>Dear RALO members
>In the context of the on-going At-Large voting Board Director selection process EURALO members suggested Avri Doria in August 2010 already to be added on the ALAC list of potential candidates. Avri Doria submitted her Statement of Interest (SoI) to the BCDE and ICANN as a prerequisite for being considered. EURALO supported her candidature because we believe Avri would be an excellent BD for the user community in view of her long-standing expertise, involvement at ICANN, sensitivity for user and community concerns and her proven leadership capacities. When Avri submitted her remarkable SoI, we were reaffirmed that she would be a suitable candidate for this position.
>There was considerable disappointment in the EURALO community when we learned from the At-Large slate published last week that she was not even nominated. We face some difficulties to understand why only three candidates were short-listed in a given option of five to seven and out of 22 pre-verified names. The lack of any gender consideration is only one disturbing aspect of the final selection. And as we could see from the Overview of Applicants on At-Large Director Candidate 2010 Workspace
>(see --  https://community.icann.org/display/atlarge/At-Large+Director+Candidate+2010+Workspace)
>there were some more highly qualified and suitable applicants who were not considered needlessly narrowing variety and option of choice for the At-Large community.
>As you may be aware, there is an agreed procedure that EURALO members will be consulted over the next weeks to vote on their preferred candidates to enable a directed vote to the EURALO Chair. And some of our members indicated their frustration and concern already about the given lack of choices. We were therefore asked to launch an inter-RALO petition ASAP to extend the At-Large voting slate again. According to the rules of procedure, candidates can only be reintroduced on the final slate if they get support from three RALOs at least. Therefore we would like to ask you for your respective support on the reconsideration of the following candidates:
>-Avri Doria
>-Jean-Jacques Subrenat
>-Jordi Palet Martinez
>We think it is self-explanatory that petitioning on behalf of someone or more candidates on a slate does not indicate any prejudice or mean a promise to vote for them - what is in the well-understood sovereignty of each RALO and its members. Decisions on voting should be based however on variety of choice, equality of gender and chances and full consideration of the candidates' potentials. Under these conditions our members will have a broader chance of selection to make up their minds. We are simply trying to give ourselves the best options in selecting the best candidate.
>We would appreciate any favourable consideration and forwarding of our petition to your RALO and members and would be grateful for your support.
>Thanks and kind regards,
>Wolf Ludwig
>--- end of draft ---
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