[AFRI-Discuss] AFRALO Regional Officers selections and ALAC Representative selection - Nominations period to start on June 3

Peters Omoragnon petersomoragbon2 at yahoo.co.uk
Wed Jun 19 06:57:54 UTC 2013


Dear Olivier. 
Thank you for your response.

I am not prepared to engage anyone any longer on any debate on this matter.

Your attempt to present your 'facts' on this matter didn't in anyway blindfold any from the obvious nepotism I alluded to in my complaints. How a chairman who has a decisive vote can make her preference so open and brazen yet expect a free and fair elections beats my imagination.

So I will disregard any polite attempt to call my claims false but I am very satisfied that I have pointed out to the whole ICANN community the flawed process of nomination whose outcomes are very obvious . You are calling recycling of officers within a particular set of people as democratic? Interesting indeed.

You may not  for very obvious reasons agree with me but posterity as an impartial judge, will prove us all wrong or right someday . Today I am only a voice crying in the wilderness....

I shall not give up and cannot be discouraged. This is just the beginning of the struggle. The claims in my letter are there for any to verify. They re facts, whether you agree or disagree.

Aluta continua!

Yours for transparency 
Pastor Peters Omoragbon 

-----Original Message-----
From: "Olivier MJ Crepin-Leblond" <ocl at gih.com>
Sent: ‎19/‎06/‎2013 12:55 AM
To: "NURSES ACROSS THE BORDERS" <nursesacrosstheborders at yahoo.com>
Cc: "afri-discuss at atlarge-lists.icann.org" <afri-discuss at atlarge-lists.icann.org>; "ICANN APPLICATION" <staff at atlarge.icann.org>; "AFRALO ICANN" <afralo-internal at atlarge-lists.icann.org>
Subject: Re: [AFRI-Discuss] AFRALO Regional Officers selections and ALAC Representative selection - Nominations period to start on June 3

Dear Pastor Peters,

I have read with much concern the email which you sent to the AFRALO
list on 5 June 2013. Being one of its intended recipients, I have
discussed your allegations with colleagues and staff and am therefore
able to provide you with my response below. I apologise for the time it
has taken me to respond but I wanted to assure myself of the validity of
my answers prior to replying.

In your email, you make several allegations, the merit of which I shall
not comment on, but will base my response solely on facts. After all, it
would be inappropriate of me to provide my *opinion* on internal AFRALO
matters.

First, concerning your listing of ALAC representatives, I will note that
Titi Akinsanmi was actually selected by the ICANN Nominating Committee
http://nomcom.icann.org/ and therefore not by Ms. Sylla who had no direct
say in the matter.

As for the nominations by Ms.Sylla which you disagree with, I remind you
that these are nominations and not selections. 

Each and every ALS representative in AFRALO has the ability to nominate 
whom they believe would be the most suitable candidates for positions. 
If more than one candidate is nominated and accepts their nomination 
for a position, then a vote of all ALSes follows. You are
therefore free to nominate whoever you wish to nominate and so is Ms.
Sylla. The AFRALO ALS vote will decide and you, like Ms. Sylla, will
have a vote, as the representative of your ALS. The voting process is
described in the AFRALO Operating Principles, Section 6.1 to 6.10
https://community.icann.org/display/AFRALO/AFRALO+MOU+and+Organising+Documents

The AFRALO Chair has a deciding vote ONLY in the event of a tie.

I hope this clarifies the process and keeps the discussion factual. I
wish AFRALO all the best in its selection of representatives for the
next year.If you have any further questions regarding the selection
process of AFRALO Regional Officers and ALAC Representatives, please do
not hesitate to contact me.

Kind regards,

Olivier MJ Crépin-Leblond
ALAC Chair


On 05/06/2013 20:34, NURSES ACROSS THE BORDERS wrote:
> The President ICANN Board, Chairman ALAC, and all AFRALO ALs
>
> NURSES ACROSS THE BORDERS PROTEST THE OPEN PARTISANSHIP OF THE
> CHAIRPERSON OF AFRALO IN THE SELECTION OF REGIONAL OFFICERS and ALAC
> Representative Selection
>
>  Zig Ziglar the reknown writer once wrote: 'you cannot expect a
> different result from doing the same thing over and over again'
>
> On the above premise, I wish to register the protest of my
> organization and so many other members of ICANN from AFRALO (who
> silently are grudging) the open and flagrant partisanship of the
> present Chairperson to AFRALO on the above subject matter.
> Please, be it noted that, this is not based on sentiments or personal
> differences between my organization and Ms Fatimata Seye Sylla, but on
> the democratic and accountable structures upon which ICANN is
> structured. For the avoidance of doubt, Nurses Across the Borders was
> one of the organizations that supported the nomination of Ms Sylla to
> the 2014 NOMCOM.
>
> Since 2007, when AFRALO came into existence, all the leadership
> positions within it, AND AFRALO Representatives within other ICANN
> Structures have been rotated amongst the SAME SET of individuals and
> also follows the same process/pattern of selection  just like the one
> being applied by Ms Sylla on June 3 and 4 2013.
>
> For the avoidance of doubts, I present below the list of officers of
> AFRALO and AFRALO Representatives from 2007 till date:
>
>                         AFRALO OFFICERS-currently
> 1. Chairperson: Fatimatta Seye Sylla-2009-2011, 2011-2013xxxx
>
> 2. Vice Chairperson: Tijani Ben Jemaa-2009-2011, 2011-2013xxxx
>
> 3. Secretariat: Aziz Hilali-2010-2012, 2012-2014
>
>
>
>                         ALAC REPRESENTATIVES
>
> 1. Titi Akinsanmi-2011-2013-she was selected by Ms Sylla, even though
> she does not belong to any ALS within AFRALO
>
> 2. Yaovi Atohun-2011-2013, xxxx
>
> 3. Tijani Ben Jemaa-2010-2012, 2012-2014  xxxx-OCCUPYING TWO OFFICES
> WITHIN THE SAME PERIOD-Vice Chair AFRALO and ALAC Rep
>
>                       ALAC NOMCOM REPRESENTATIVE
>
> 1. Mohammed El Bashi-2013 & 2012, xxxx
>
>                      ALAC REPRESENTATIVES
>
> 1. Mohammed El Bashi: 2007-2011xxxx
> 2. Dave Kissoondayal: 2009-2011
> 3. Heava Dirkiate: 2010-2012
> 4. Fatimata Seye Sylla: 2007-2009xxxx
>
>                     ALAC DELEGATE TO THE NOMCOM
>
> 1. Yaovi Atohun: 2011 & 2010xxxx
> 2. Khaled Kouba:  2009 & 2008
> 3. Mohammed El Faith El Tigani: 2007-2006
> 4. Didier Kasole: 2003
>
> We find very disturbing, lacking merit and devoid of any democratic
> tendecies the proposal by Ms Fatimata Sylla on the following grounds:
>
> 1. Aziz Hilali whom she is proposing for Chairman AFRALO is still
> Secretary to AFRALO till 2014. She is implying that, both positions be
> reserved for him, and if wins, he relinquishes his post as Sec, and if
> he losses he returns back as Sec to AFRALO to continue his tenure. If
> Aziz is interested in the position as he has done, he should be asked
> to resign from the position of Secretary AFRALO with immediate effect.
>
> 2. What is democratic in one person nominating 4 persons at once, and
> the person happens to be the Chairperson of the Group?
>
> 3. AFRALO Bye laws made it very clear that, the Chairman shall cast
> the decisiive vote, where there is a tie in any election, meaning,
> chairmen/chairperson are supposed to be seen as neutral even though
> they may have sympathy for a particular candidate, this should not be
> made known. But in this case, Ms Fatimata has openly expressed her
> partisanship by her selection. The outcome would be a bandwagon effect
> for those not wanting to be seen as 'disloyal' to want to support her
> choice.
>
> 4. With the secondment of Tijani Ben Jemaa, the plot is fait accompli.
> Both Mr Tijanin and Fatimata are leaders within AFRALO and one would
> expect them to help nurture successors in a more transparent manner.
>
> 5. AFRALO is being unwittingly turned into a cult of the preserve,
> where people like Fatimata, Tijani, Yaovi and Aziz now decides the
> faith of every other members within AFRALO.
>
> 6, Look at the representation from 2007, it has been between the
> quadruple.
>
> 7. Today, there are 26 confirmed At Large Structures withn AFRALO and,
> are we saying that, without these Foursome, AFRALO will die? Please,
> we do not deny the rights to vote or be voted for by the
> aforementioned individuals, but that, all our actions should be very
> transparent and accountable. If African politicians are known for
> nepotism, must it be reflected in ICANN?
>
> 8. AFRALO is not an independent body, but a structure within the
> larger ICANN, and such, we expect the leaders with ICANN to guide and
> guard against the abuse of power and position. If Ms Fatimata as
> Chairperson to AFRALO has any preference for candidates, it should not
> be done with careless abandon. She could do her silent campaign
> without trying to push her choice down our throats. If ICANN choose to
> ignore or pretend there is nothing wrong with the above practice,
> then, it will lose its credibility as an international organization of
> repute.
>
> 9. The same practice maybe observable in other RALOs, but we are
> concerned with AFRALO and perhaps, this maybe the right time ICANN
> begin to take more than a passing interest in what happens within its
> structures. No part is greater than the whole.
>
> The man died in him, who keeps quiet in the face of tyranny-Wole Soyinka
>
> Yours sincerely,
>  
>
> Pastor Peters Osawaru OMORAGBON,
>
>   * Executive President/CEO-Nurses Across the Borders Inc.(USA & NIGERIA)
>   * President, Diaspora Nurses Association of Nigeria- DNAN  
>   * International Liaison Officer, Nigerian Nurses Charitable
>     Association-UK (NNCA-UK
>   * General Secretary, Civil Society Network on Climate Change in
>     Nigeria   
>
>   * Fellow-Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers- ICANN
>   * Fellow-Open Society Institute, Budapest
>   * Designated Focal Person-United Nations Framework Convention on
>     Climate Change- UNFCCC in Nigeria
>   * Board Member, Conference of NGOs in Consultative Relationship with
>     the UN- CONGO
>   * Member, Steering Committee, Regional Committee for
>     Africa-Conference of NGOs in Consultative Relationship with the
>     UN- CONGO
>   * Tel: +441438729726, +234-8052658024,
>   * Email: diasporanursesa at yahoo.com, petersomoragbon2 at yahoo.co.uk,
>   * www.nursesacrosstheborders.org
>
>
>
> ------------------------------------------------------------------------
> *From:* Fatimata Seye Sylla <fsylla at gmail.com>
> *To:* afri-discuss at atlarge-lists.icann.org
> *Cc:* At-Large Staff <staff at atlarge.icann.org>
> *Sent:* Tuesday, 4 June 2013, 23:24
> *Subject:* Re: [AFRI-Discuss] AFRALO Regional Officers selections and
> ALAC Representative selection - Nominations period to start on June 3
>
> Dear All,
>
> I would like to make an amendment to my nominations regarding the position
> of Secretariat as it runs until AGM 2014.
>
> We will make the nominations after election of the AFRALO Chair and
> only if
> the present Secretary is elected
>
> My apologies.
>
> Please only consider my following nominations
>
>   1. Aziz as AFRALO Chair. Aziz has been a very hard working secretariat,
>   keeping AFRALO at a very high level of reports delivery and has attended
>   all the monthly meetings with valuable contributions. His term will
> finish
>   in 2015.
>   2. Mohamed  as AFRALO Vice Chair. He has been an excellent ALAC member
>   after his great work as a Nom Com member.
>   3. Yaovi as  ALAC member for a second term.  He is doing great and
>   improving every where within ALAC and AFRALO.  He is an active
> participant
>   in many ICANN work groups and contributes in all AFRALO monthly meetings
>
>
> Thank you all for your understanding and your continuous support
>
> Fatimata
>
>
>
>
> 2013/6/3 Fatimata Seye Sylla <fsylla at gmail.com <mailto:fsylla at gmail.com>>
>
> > Dear All,
> >
> > This year will be my last term as AFRALO chair and I really thank
> you all
> > for your continuous support during all these 2 terms.  I will
> continue to
> > work within AFRALO as an active member from 2014.
> >
> > To continue the great work AFRALO is doing with younger members while
> > keeping some experienced ones on board, I would like to make the
> following
> > nominations:
> >
> >    1. Aziz as AFRALO Chair. Aziz has been a very hard working
> >    secretariat, keeping AFRALO at a very high level of reports
> delivery and
> >    has attended all the monthly meetings with valuable
> contributions. His term
> >    will finish in 2015.
> >    2. Mohamed  as AFRALO Vice Chair. He has been an excellent ALAC
> member
> >    after his great work as a Nom Com member.
> >    3. Victor as AFRALO Secretary, he is one of the youngest members on
> >    board, he is bilingual, active in all our monthly meetings and I
> would
> >    suggest that we try him as Secretary to finish Aziz's term in
> case he gets
> >    elected as Chair.
> >    4. Yaovi as  ALAC member for a second term.  He is doing great and
> >    improving every where within ALAC and AFRALO.  He is an active
> participant
> >    in many ICANN work groups and contributes in all AFRALO monthly
> meetings
> >
> > I am seeking your support for these nominations if you agree with me.
> >
> > Thank you again and best regards,
> >
> > *AFRALO Towards the ICANN New Season !!!*
> > *Fatimata
> >  *
> >
> >
> >
> > 2013/6/3 ICANN At-Large Staff <staff at atlarge.icann.org
> <mailto:staff at atlarge.icann.org>>
> >
> >> Dear AFRALO members,
> >>
> >> On behalf of AFRALO's Chair, Fatimata Seye Sylla, we would like to
> >> announce
> >> the beginning of the nomination period for the AFRALO Regional Officer
> >> positions and the AFRALO ALAC representative. The nomination period
> shall
> >> start on June 3rd, 2013.
> >>
> >> Note that this schedule synchronizes the Regional officers
> selection with
> >> the AFRALO ALAC Selection, which will allow for efficiency and better
> >> management of the election polls.
> >>
> >>
> >>
> >> ALAC Selection Schedule for 2014 ALAC Representatives
> >>
> >>
> >>
> >> 3 June - ALAC Chair announces call for nominations and Statements of
> >> Interest
> >>
> >> 3 June  -  14 June  - Nomination period (nominations accepted for 2
> >> weeks).
> >>
> >> 21 June - Deadline for nomination acceptances
> >>
> >> 28 June - 5 July - Elections (If required, elections will begin no
> later
> >> than one week after the deadline for nomination acceptances and end no
> >> later
> >> than two weeks after that deadline).
> >>
> >> 8 July - RALO Chairs to inform ALAC Chair of Selection Results.
> ALAC Chair
> >> to inform NomCom Chair and Chair-Elect of ALAC Selection Results
> >>
> >> 2013 AGM [ 17th - 21st  November ]  - Newly elected ALAC representative
> >> shall be seated on the ALAC at the close of the 2013 AGM on
> Thursday, 21st
> >> November 2013.
> >>
> >>
> >>
> >> AFRALO Chair: Currently held by Fatimata Seye-Sylle. Fatimata is not
> >> eligible for re-selection. The current term ends at the close of
> the 2013
> >> AGM. The new term starts on Thursday, 21 November 2013 at the close
> of the
> >> AGM and ends at the close of the 2015 AGM.
> >>
> >> AFRALO Vice Chair: Currently held by Tijani Ben Jemaa. Tijani is not
> >> eligible for re-selection. The current term ends at the close of
> the 2013
> >> AGM. The new term starts on Thursday, 21 November 2013 at the close
> of the
> >> AGM and ends at the close of the 2015 AGM.
> >>
> >> Kindly see the AFRALO Selection wiki :
> >>
> >>
> >> <
> >>
> https://community.icann.org/display/atlarge/AFRALO+Regional+Elections+2013
> >> >
> >>
> https://community.icann.org/display/atlarge/AFRALO+Regional+Elections+2013
> >> which includes the AFRALO Regional officers open positions for the
> >> 2013-2014
> >> term as well as the ALAC representative position.
> >>
> >> Please  let us know your choice. Staff will be glad to note nominations
> >> and
> >> supporters.
> >>
> >> Kind regards,
> >>
> >>
> >>
> >> Heidi Ullrich, Silvia Vivanco, Gisella Gruber, Matt Ashtiani, Nathalie
> >> Peregrine, Julia Charvolen
> >>
> >> ICANN Policy Staff in support of ALAC
> >>
> >> E-mail:  <mailto:staff at atlarge.icann.org
> <mailto:staff at atlarge.icann.org>> staff at atlarge.icann.org
> <mailto:staff at atlarge.icann.org>
> >>
> >>
> >>
> >>
> >>
> >>
> >>
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> >> Homepage for the region: http://www.afralo.org <http://www.afralo.org/>
> >>
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> >
> >
> >
> > --
> > Fatimata Seye Sylla
> >
> >
>
>
>
>
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