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Results of AFRINIC AGMM Election

2 June 2017 - As a result of the Elections for Board seats that took place on 1 June 2017 during the Annual General Members' Meeting (AGMM) in Nairobi, we are pleased to announce the appointment of the following candidates to the AFRINIC Board:


Indian Ocean

- Subramanian Moonesamy (Mauritius) 


Central Region

- Christian Bope (DRC Congo)


Region: Independent

- Serge Illunga (DRC Congo)


The vote counts were as follows:

Indian Ocean region

Subramanien Moonesamy - 84

Krishna Seeburn - 72

Kaleem Ahmed Usmani - 5

Lala Andriamampianina - 19


Central Africa region

- Ngnoulaye Janvier - 71

- Bope Domilongo Christian - 104


Region Independent

- Andrew Alston - 90

- Daniel Yakmut - 2

- Serge Ilunga Kabwika - 93


The new Board members will serve for a term of three years from 1 July 2017 to 30 June 2020. We congratulate the new Board Members and wish them success in their new roles.


Additionally, an election was held on Wednesday 31 May for one PDWG co-chair position, and Dewole Ajao from Nigeria was re-elected to serve a two-year term (until June 2019) during the Policy Development Working Group meeting.


The Governance Committee election re-elected Abdalla Omari (100 votes) for a three-year term.


An election to elect the AFRINIC region representative to the ASO-AC / NRO-NC was also held on Thursday 1 June and Noah Maina was elected to serve a 3-year term from January 2018 to December 2021, replacing Douglas Onyango whose term will be ending at the end of 2017.


The vote counts were as follows:

- Maina Noah - 135

- Mark Elkins - 26


We would like to thank all the candidates who stood for the various positions, as well as all the outgoing individuals. Their interest to serve the community is highly appreciated.

Statement on Internet Shutdowns Policy Proposal

26 May 2017In April 2017, AFRINIC's Policy Development Working Group (PDWG) Co-Chairs received a policy proposal, AFPUB-2017-GEN-001-DRAFT-01: "Anti-Shutdown", authored by members of the AFRINIC community.


This policy proposal has ignited much discussion in the AFRINIC region and beyond. Several news articles and blog posts have also been published.

Some articles, unfortunately, have contained factually incorrect information on how the consensus-based, multi-stakeholder, bottom-up policy development processes (PDP) works, the role that AFRINIC Ltd plays in it, and the differences between AFRINIC Ltd, AFRINIC Members, and the AFRINIC Community.

The debate and intense discussion surrounding this proposal -- and any policy proposal – is a natural, welcomed and expected part of the AFRINIC policy development process. All stakeholders, including governments and regulators, are encouraged to join this discussion and voice their opinions. 

In order to ensure that meaningful discussion on all policy proposals can continue, we'd like to remind the community to keep the following key points in mind:

  • The item under discussion, AFPUB-2017-GEN-001-DRAFT-01: "Anti-Shutdown" is not a policy, it's a policy proposal.
  • It was not proposed by AFRINIC Ltd, it was proposed by a few people in the community.
  • The proposal is in the early stages of discussion, and all interested parties may participate in the discussion.
  • The policies that govern how AFRINIC Ltd operates and how it manages and distributes Internet number resources in the AFRINIC region are proposed, discussed and accepted or rejected by the AFRINIC Community using a transparent, open and inclusive, consensus-based, multi-stakeholder policy development process (PDP). This PDP is documented under the policy section of the AFRINIC website.
  • AFRINIC's policy development process is open to everyone. Anybody may submit a policy proposal for consideration, and anybody may participate in the discussion.
  • Before a policy proposal can become a policy, it must be discussed and reach agreement in the community, and must be ratified by the AFRINIC Board, as described in more detail in the PDP.
  • During the discussion process, the authors of a policy proposal are expected to pay attention to feedback and input that they receive from the community. If a proposal seems unlikely to gain consensus, the authors may withdraw it, or edit it and submit revised versions for further discussion.
  • AFRINIC Ltd facilitates the policy development process by providing a discussion forum.
  • Sign up to the  This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it  mailing list or attend the upcoming open public policy meeting to have your say on this proposal. Remote participation is facilitated for those who are unable to attend the public policy meetings in person.


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