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PDWG Election Process

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1. About the process

According to the AFRINIC Policy Development Process (PDP), two (2) co-chairs shall be selected from the community to carry out the administrative functions of the Policy Development Working Group (PDWG).

The PDWG chairs are responsible for:

  • Creating reports (summaries) of mailing list discussions in preparation for face-to-face meetings.
  • Chairing meeting sessions and declaring consensus.
  • Creating post-meeting policy reports and posting them to the mailing list.
  • Sending Last Call notifications and evaluating consensus or not thereof.
  • Writing reports to the board to recommend ratification of policy proposals that have attained consensus.
  • Evaluating emergencies that could necessitate varying the normal PDP.

A. Duration of Term

PDWG Co-Chairs are elected to serve for two-year staggered terms according to the AFRINIC region Policy Development Process.


B. Candidate Eligibility

The candidate must:

  • Be a natural person residing in a country from the AFRINIC service region.
  • Not be a staff of AFRINIC or any other Regional Internet Registry (RIR).


C. Eligibility to Vote

Voting is open to anyone from the AFRINIC community present at the face-to-face meeting that meets the following criteria:

  • Has registered for the meeting (and possesses the Meeting Badge as proof).
  • Resides in a country within the AFRINIC service region.
  • Is not a staff member of AFRINIC or another RIR.


2. Selection timeline for 2022

Click here to view the 2022 PDWG Chair Selection timeline


3. Nomination

A person may only nominate one candidate. In the case of multiple nominations by the same person, only the last nomination will be considered valid. At least two AFRINIC community members must back all nominations (including self-nominations); the two individuals must not work for the same organization.

AFRINIC or other RIR staff cannot nominate candidates nor be nominated

Nominations must be submitted using this nomination form. (Closed now)


 4. Verification of Nominations

  • NomCom shall verify that all nominations were submitted within the given period and include all the required information.
  • NomCom shall confirm receipt of the nomination to the nominees and/or the nominators.
  • In case of ineligible nominations that are rejected, nominators and nominees shall be notified.


5. Finalising the Slate of Candidates

NomCom shall review all completed nominations to verify that the nomination process is followed and shall review nominations to determine that all nominees meet the general criteria for a PDWG chair.

NomCom may decide to conduct interviews or further background checks on candidates using any means. The chair of the NomCom shall then forward the slate of candidates to AFRINIC staff for publication.


6. Notification of Candidates

NomCom shall send the final slate of candidates via e-mail to the following mailing lists:

  • announce[at],
  • rpd[at]

The candidate list and biographical information shall be simultaneously posted on the AFRINIC website. The website will provide an online channel for anyone to voice support for any candidate during the open comment period.

All candidates shall be given the opportunity to present themselves to the community in a brief speech during the face-to-face meeting. The community may also direct questions to the candidate during the open comment period.


7. Voting

Voting shall be by a simple show of hands.


 8. Vote Counting and Announcement of Election Results

The CEO and NomCom Chair and two (2) or three (3) volunteers from the other RIRs present in cooperation with AFRINIC Legal Counsel shall count the votes to determine the winners.

The candidate with the highest number of votes shall be declared the winner. In the case of a tie, the second round of voting shall be called. Only candidates tied in the previous round are eligible for the subsequent round. This shall continue until one candidate receives a clear majority of the votes.

The Chair of the NomCom shall announce the election results after the vote. The CEO shall send the final result via e-mail to

  • announce[at]
  • rpd[at]


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