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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.


More Information:


E-voting opens for AFRINIC Board and Governance Committee elections

19 May 2017 - Please note that electronic voting and appointment of proxies is now open. Both services are available through the MyAFRINIC portal to members in good standing.


We encourage electronic voting but paper ballots will also be made available to Members who have not and do not intend to vote electronically. You can view Candidate Slate here 


1. E-Voting

This service has been assigned by default to a registered  administrative contact of your organisation. The admin-contact can also assign the voting right (through MyAFRINIC) to another registered contact.


To vote electronically, please follow the following steps:

a. Log on to MyAFRINIC at;

b. Navigate to ‘Election’ and ‘Access Election Centre’;

c. Select the election in which you wish to participate;

d. Choose the option ‘Vote Online’.


To assign the online voting right to another registered contact of your organisation:

a. Log on to MyAFRINIC at ;

b. Navigate to ‘MY Account’ and ‘User Administration’;

c. Check the ‘Voter Role’ to a corresponding listed contact.


2. Proxy Appointment:

A proxy can be any individual.


Please follow the steps below to appoint a proxy:

a. Log on to MyAFRINIC at;

b. Navigate to ‘Election’ and ‘Access Election Centre’;

c. Select the election in which you wish to participate;

d. Choose the option ‘Appoint Proxy’;

e. Fill the proxy form;

f. Print the form, sign it and physically hand it over to the person being appointed as your proxy.


Members who require a paper ballot, and people carrying a proxy on behalf of a Member, may obtain a paper ballot on Wednesday 31 May 2017 .


Please note that a member who has voted on-line cannot appoint a proxy.


The proxy form MUST be signed, stamped and returned 24 hours prior to the election to This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it


Electronic voting will be closed on Thursday 1 June 2017 on the day of the AGMM. Proxy appointment will close on Wednesday 31 May 2017  to allow the elections committee do the appropriate verification ahead of the AGMM.


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