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Re: [gnso-osc] GNSO Council procedures - avoiding abstention - proxy vote - approval by April 15

  • To: "Gomes, Chuck" <cgomes@xxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • Subject: Re: [gnso-osc] GNSO Council procedures - avoiding abstention - proxy vote - approval by April 15
  • From: Stéphane Van Gelder <stephane.vangelder@xxxxxxxxx>
  • Date: Wed, 6 Apr 2011 10:32:23 +0200

I agree Chuck's solution would seem to work.


Le 5 avr. 2011 à 21:39, Gomes, Chuck a écrit :

> In reviewing Philip’s suggested changes again, I found another possible 
> concern about the procedures.  Note the following with particular attention 
> to the text I bolded:
> “”b. Proxy Voting
> The second remedy is the use of proxy voting, where the vote of an abstaining 
> Councilor is transferred to another GNSO Councilor.
> i.                     For abstentions declared by Councilors not appointed 
> by the Nominating Committee the appointing organization may transfer the vote 
> of the abstaining Councilor to a Proxy Holder being: (1) the House Nominating 
> Committee Appointee, or (2) another of its Constituency Councilors, or (3) 
> another Councilor within the Stakeholder Group.”
> “ii. If an abstention is declared by a House NCA, once formal notification 
> has occurred pursuant to the procedures in Paragraph 4.5.4-a, a proxy is 
> automatically transferred to the GNSO Council’s unaffiliated NCA (hereinafter 
> Council NCA) . . .”
> “Mutiple proxies. A GNSO Councilor is not permitted to be a Proxy Holder for 
> more than one vote for any specific motion. An appointing organization may 
> appoint more than one Proxy Holder. The first abstention remedy transferred 
> to the Council NCA takes precedence. ”
> According to these procedures, any appointing organization or any voting NCA 
> may transfer a vote to the Council NCA.  In the case of Councilors not 
> appointed by the NomCom, there are other options besides the Council NCA, but 
> in the case of the house NCAs, they only have one option: the Council NCA.  
> Moreover, if a vote has already been transferred to the Council NCA, there is 
> no option left for the house NCAs. 
> I believe that one of the solutions I proposed earlier also solves this 
> problem: give the house NCAs the additional option of transferring their vote 
> to another Councilor in the applicable house.  This seems to be a very simple 
> solution as well.
> Chuck
> From: owner-gnso-osc@xxxxxxxxx [mailto:owner-gnso-osc@xxxxxxxxx] On Behalf Of 
> Philip Sheppard
> Sent: Thursday, March 31, 2011 5:12 AM
> To: gnso-osc@xxxxxxxxx
> Subject: [gnso-osc] GNSO Council procedures - avoiding abstention - proxy 
> vote - approval by April 15
> For approval April 15
> As the OSC may be aware Council raised some concern with the current rules on 
> proxy voting.
> Proxy voting is allowed as one remedy to avoid an abstention.
> The source of the concern was that the Council rules assumed the existence of 
> procedures in Constituency charters that were not universal.
> I attach a proposed version that avoids this assumption while retaining the 
> essence of the proxy option.
> I have also taken the opportunity to simplify language in this section to 
> avoid ambiguity.
> Please may I have your approval to recommend this change to Council?
> Deadline is April 15.
> Philip Sheppard
> OSC Chair

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