[NA-Discuss] 2nd revision of NARALO Operating Procedures

Thomas Lowenhaupt toml at communisphere.com
Thu Aug 8 18:46:45 UTC 2013

I'd like to raise a question or two about paragraphs 20 and 21

20. All consensus decisions and votes of the General Assembly members 
shall weight all members equally.

Does that give each individual members as much voting power as 

21. Where these Operating Principles may conflict with the NARALO Rules 
of Procedure for Meetings or the Memorandum of Understanding with ICANN, 
these Operating Principles shall prevail.

Can we unilaterally modify the MOU?

Tom Lowenhaupt

On 8/8/2013 2:12 PM, Evan Leibovitch wrote:
> Doesn't the second sentence of #13 contradict #19?
> In any case I still prefer the original form of #13; if you like add the
> word "secret" before "vote" but I'm not sure what is broken in this
> specific spot that needs fixing. That NARALO has used consensus more often
> than other regions is IMO a feature, not a bug, and needless
> synchronization with other regions for its own sake is not a worthwhile
> goal.
> I thought were were going for a minimal set of changes to accommodate
> problems specifically raised by the current voting situation; anything
> beyond that should be off the table right now.
> On 8 August 2013 12:48, Alan Greenberg <alan.greenberg at mcgill.ca> wrote:
>> Based on comments, I have made a few more changes. These are shown in BLUE.
>> 12/13. Normal procedure in the ALAC is now to hold secret votes for
>> elections/selections that are contended. The changes to 12 and 13 allow the
>> NARALO to do this as well. This is in fact how we have been operating, so
>> the change just ratifies our existing behavior.
>> 16. Correct and error that said a suspended ALS could regain their active
>> status by voting, but voting is the thing they are not allowed to do if
>> inactive. Also added a provision whereby NARALO can request the the ALAC
>> de-certify an essentially defunct ALS. The ALAC would still need to conduct
>> due diligence, so the procedures in NARALO do not need to be exceedingly
>> detailed.
>> Last call for additional issues?
>> Alan
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