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Making voting easier and effective

For the past seven years AFRINIC has been conducting different elections within its community to elect its Board members, representative to the NRO-NC (Acting ASO-AC), and its policy discussion leaders. The elections have always been held during our face-to-face Public Policy meetings. Only those present were allowed vote. Members could cast their vote through Proxy (for Board election) appointed as per our Bylaws [Art 10.31-10.34].

The Proxy system has, however, been contentious during past Board elections. Besides, the average turnout has been very low (7-10% of the total membership). To remedy the situation, widen participation, and modernize the election process, the community proposed an e-voting system. This has been validated by our Legal Counsel. The e-voting system for Board election would eliminate the Proxy system, allowing members to participate directly online in the choice of their leaders.

The e-voting system is exclusively available for valid Members of AFRINIC on the member portal MyAFRINIC. The election system allows members to:

a. Appoint a proxy
b. Vote in an Election

If a member elects to exercise his/her right to vote online, the system denies such member the ability to appoint a proxy and vice-versa.

To be able to vote within MyAFRINIC, you will need to have a BPKI which authenticates voting on the portal. If you do not have you BPKI certificate yet, please contact our IP Analysts to request one.

For more information on how to vote and how the system works, please click here


Poilcy AFPUB-2010-GEN-006 is implemented

We are pleased to announce the implementation of AFRINIC policy AFPUB-2010-GEN-006 (Abuse Contact Information in the AFRINIC service region).

The Policy specifies a dedicated "irt" object to be used as the preferred place to publish abuse public contact information within the AFRINIC service region. 

The object can be referenced in the inetnum, inet6num and aut-num objects in the AFRINIC Whois Database. It provides a more accurate and efficient way for abuse reports to reach the correct network contact through The AFRINIC whois database.

Click here to read the "best practices" guideline pertaining to the implementation of this policy and usage of the irt object.

Fore more information on this policy please click here.



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