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[gnso-osc] GNSO Council Proxy Procedures

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  • Subject: [gnso-osc] GNSO Council Proxy Procedures
  • From: "Philip Sheppard" <philip.sheppard@xxxxxx>
  • Date: Tue, 5 Apr 2011 14:51:02 +0200

Thanks everyone for the good dialogue on this.
I fear we are trying to solve increasing unlikely scenarios.
1. Important votes
An absent Councilor votes by e-mail when the vote is important defined as
a. Initiate a Policy Development Process (PDP); 
b. Approve a PDP recommendation; 
c. Recommend amendments to the GNSO Operating Procedures (GOP) or ICANN Bylaws; 
d. Fill a Council position open for election.

2. Less important votes
An absent Councilor wishing to vote on issues NOT above may give a proxy.

3. Abstaining (due to personal conflict of interest)
Because abstentions = a No vote, two remedies exist in order of priority.
a) they get direction from the appointing organisation.
b) they give a proxy.

a) proxies are always a secondary remedy.
b) proxies are for less important votes
c) proxies come into play when there is a personal conflict.
a) any gaming / unfairness is likely to have a minimal real-world effect.
b) the chances of both NCA Councilors having a personal conflict on a less
important vote is low.

Conclusion for GNSO rules:
Having heard all the discussion, I still believe the original simplified wording
I proposed does the job.



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