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RE: [gnso-restruc-dt] Notification of results in GNSO Council vote on Recommended By Laws changes

  • To: "Avri Doria" <avri@xxxxxxx>
  • Subject: RE: [gnso-restruc-dt] Notification of results in GNSO Council vote on Recommended By Laws changes
  • From: "Tim Ruiz" <tim@xxxxxxxxxxx>
  • Date: Wed, 15 Jul 2009 07:30:26 -0700

Thanks Avri. I think this was a fair and factual reporting of the


-------- Original Message --------
Subject: [gnso-restruc-dt] Notification of results in GNSO Council vote
on Recommended By Laws changes
From: Avri Doria <avri@xxxxxxx>
Date: Tue, July 14, 2009 11:27 pm
To: secretary@xxxxxxxxx, Peter Dengate Thrush
<barrister@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxx>, Roberto Gaetano <roberto@xxxxxxxxx>,
Cc: gnso-restruc-dt@xxxxxxxxx

To the Board;

This constitutes formal notification to the Board, to the Structural 
Improvements Committee of the Board and to the Public Comments area, 
on the motion concerning the recommended By Laws changes in support of 
GNSO restructuring as mandated by the Board.

Avri Doria
Chair, GNSO Council


By-Law Changes Motion proposed by Avri Doria and seconded by Chuck Gomes


On 28 August 2008 the ICANN Board of Directors approved the BGC plan 
to restructuring of the GNSO; and

On 27 March 2009 the ICANN Policy Staff introduced a draft of proposed 
by-law changes related to the restructuring of the GNSO; and

Subsequent to receiving the changes suggested by the ICANN Policy 
Staff, the GNSO Council decided to create a Committee of the Whole to 
work on a proposed set of changes to the By-laws which committee was 
open to council members as well as substitutes from the constituencies 
and to representatives of applicant constituencies; and

On 8 June 2009 the Structural Improvements Committee of the Board 
Directors gave a set of clarification to questions posed by the GNSO 
Committee of the Whole; and

On 12 June 2009, the ICANN legal counsel gave a set of recommend edits 
to the GNSO Committee of the whole.


The GNSO recommends to the ICANN Board of Directors that the By-laws 
related to the GNSO council be amended to read as documented in:

The Motion passed.

12 Votes in favour:
Adrian Kinderis, Tim Ruiz (Registrar constituency), Jordi 
Iparraguirre, Edmon Chung, Chuck Gomes (gTLD Registries constituency) 
(two votes each)
Avri Doria, Olga Cavalli (Nominating Committee Appointees)(one vote 

3 Abstentions: William Drake, Carlos Souza (Non-Commercial Users 
Constituency), Kristina Rosette (Intellectual Property Constituency).

1 Vote against: Cyril Chua (Intellectual Property Constituency).

Absent Council members: Philip Sheppard, Mike Rodenbaugh, Zahid Jamil 
(Commercial and Business Users Constituency), Ute Decker (Intellectual 
Property Constituency), Tony Holmes, Tony Harris, Greg Ruth (Internet 
Service and Connectivity Providers Constituency), Mary Wong (Non- 
Commercial Users Constituency), Terry Davis (Nominating Committee 
Appointees), Stéphane van Gelder (Registrar constituency).

Kristina Rosette: Reason for abstention:
It is inappropriate for there to be a vote on the by-laws until we 
have a resolution of the allocation of Board seats 13 and 14 as well 
as the absence of language pertaining to the temporary transitional 
allocation of the six seats in the NCSG.

Bill Drake: Reason for abstention:
Reason for abstention:
I abstain because the document is not done and we are waiting for 
clarification of some closely linked issues that will affect our 
participation in the new GNSO

Carlos Souza: Reason for abstaining:
I understand that the wording regarding the NCSG seats have been 
changed and we do not have the blank space at the end of the clause as 
it was presented in Sydney. However, there are some issues that 
require further input and the document as today is still incomplete on 
that regard.

Posted by:
Glen de Saint Géry
GNSO Secretariat

Additional notes:

I. The vote was originally scheduled for 24 June 2009, but held over 
at the request of several constituencies. It has been GNSO Council 
practice to postpone a vote for one (1) meeting when a constituency 
asks for more time for considering the motion within the constituency.

II. The meeting for the vote was originally scheduled for 2 July 2009, 
but was postposed until 9 July 2009 at a council meeting on 25 June 
2009. There were no recorded objections to the scheduling of the 
meeting for that date.

III. The decision described above, was made according to the ByLaws 
currently in effect:

X.3.9.b. Members entitled to cast a majority of the total number of 
votes of GNSO Council members then in office shall constitute a 
quorum for the transaction of business, and acts by a majority vote 
of the GNSO Council members present at any meeting at which there is 
a quorum shall be acts of the GNSO Council, unless otherwise provided 
(See Section 5(2) of this Article concerning the number of votes 
that GNSO Council members may cast.)

IV. The absentee ballot rule was not put in to effect due to 
consultation with Legal Counsel that indicated that this was neither 
a Policy Process vote nor an Election, and those are the only two 
occasions where the absentee ballot is approved.

V. The Commercial and Business Users Constituency, endorsed by the 
Intellectual Property Constituency and the Internet Service and 
Connectivity Providers Constituency, formally requested that the 
following information be included in the formal notification of the 

> 1. Of the 21 members of Council, 7 members voted in favour.
> 2. Of the 6 GNSO Constituencies, only 2 voted in favour.

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