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Election Procedures 2008

Last Updated:
29 August 2009

GNSO Council Election for ICANN Board seat 14

January - April 2008


Nomination Template

Nomination of Candidates

Open: Thursday 10 January 2008 at 00:00 UTC

Close: Thursday 31 January at 17:00 UTC
For other places see world clock:

Call for nominations by members of the GNSO Council

In accordance with the ICANN Bylaws

From Article VI,

3. In carrying out their responsibilities to fill Seats 9 through 14, the Supporting Organizations shall seek to ensure that the ICANN Board is composed of members that in the aggregate display diversity in geography, culture, skills, experience, and perspective, by applying the criteria set forth in Section 3 of this Article. At any given time, no two Directors selected by a Supporting Organization shall be citizens of the same country or of countries located in the same Geographic Region.

[Note Bruce Tonkin from the Asia/Australia/Pacific region, elected by the GNSO, currently holds ICANN Board seat 13]

Nominations should be e-mailed to the following email address:


Template for nomination:

1a. Full name of the nominee:

1b. E-mail address of the nominee:

1c. Country of citizenship of nominee

2a. Full name of the nominator:

2b. E-mail address of the nominator:

All nominations must be seconded by another GNSO Council member before the close of nominations on Thursday 31 January 2008 at 17:00 UTC.

Template for seconding a nomination:

1 Full name of nominator whose candidate is being seconded:

2a. Full name of the candidate being seconded:

2b. E-mail address of the candidate being seconded:

3a. Full name of the seconder:

3b. E-mail address of the seconder:

Seconds should be e-mailed to the following email address:


Nominations and Seconding Nominations will be archived at:

Each nomination must be accompanied by a brief description of how the candidate meets the following selection criteria


ICANN Directors shall be:

Accomplished persons of integrity, objectivity, and intelligence, with reputations for sound judgment and open minds, and a demonstrated capacity for thoughtful group decision-making;

Persons with an understanding of ICANN's mission and the potential impact of ICANN decisions on the global Internet community, and committed to the success of ICANN;

Persons who will produce the broadest cultural and geographic diversity on the Board consistent with meeting the other criteria set forth in this Section;

Persons who, in the aggregate, have personal familiarity with the operation of gTLD registries and registrars; with ccTLD registries; with IP address registries; with Internet technical standards and protocols; with policy-development procedures, legal traditions, and the public interest; and with the broad range of business, individual, academic, and non-commercial users of the Internet;

Persons who are willing to serve as volunteers, without compensation other than the reimbursement of certain expenses; and

Persons who are able to work and communicate in written and spoken English.


1. Notwithstanding anything herein to the contrary, no official of a national government or a multinational entity established by treaty or other agreement between national governments may serve as a Director. As used herein, the term "official" means a person (i) who holds an elective governmental office or (ii) who is employed by such government or multinational entity and whose primary function with such government or entity is to develop or influence governmental or public policies.

2. No person who serves in any capacity (including as a liaison) on any Supporting Organization Council shall simultaneously serve as a Director or liaison to the Board. If such a person accepts a nomination to be considered for selection by the Supporting Organization Council to be a Director, the person shall not, following such nomination, participate in any discussion of, or vote by, the Supporting Organization Council relating to the selection of Directors by the Council, until the Council has selected the full complement of Directors it is responsible for selecting. In the event that a person serving in any capacity on a Supporting Organization Council accepts a nomination to be considered for selection as a Director, the constituency group or other group or entity that selected the person may select a replacement for purposes of the Council's selection process.

3. Persons serving in any capacity on the Nominating Committee shall be ineligible for selection to positions on the Board as provided by Article VII, Section 8.


In order to ensure broad international representation on the Board, the selection of Directors by the Nominating Committee and each Supporting Organization shall comply with all applicable diversity provisions of these Bylaws or of any Memorandum of Understanding referred to in these Bylaws concerning the Supporting Organization. One intent of these diversity provisions is to ensure that at all times each Geographic Region shall have at least one Director, and at all times no region shall have more than five Directors on the Board (not including the President). As used in these Bylaws, each of the following is considered to be a "Geographic Region": Europe; Asia/Australia/Pacific; Latin America/Caribbean islands; Africa; and North America. The specific countries included in each Geographic Region shall be determined by the Board, and this Section shall be reviewed by the Board from time to time (but at least every three years) to determine whether any change is appropriate, taking account of the evolution of the Internet.

Only GNSO Council members may nominate, second and vote for candidates ,

although GNSO Council members should consult with their constituencies with regard to suitable candidates.

Accepting Nominations:

The GNSO Secretariat will confirm the nomination, by sending an e-mail to the candidate requesting their acceptance.

The GNSO Secretariat shall convey the nomination and the acceptance thereof to the GNSO Council list.

PLEASE NOTE: If you send a Nomination or Second you will receive an email from ICANN asking you to confirm that you have sent an email to For your Nomination or Second to be valid you MUST respond to the email requesting confirmation.