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Election Procedures 2006

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GNSO Council Election for ICANN Board seat 14

April - June 2006


This document compiles the GNSO Election Procedures for selecting an ICANN Board members for seat 14 during the April - June 2006 elections.



There are 3 eligible candidates:

MICHAEL GEIST nominated by Robin Gross, seconded by Avri Doria and

Mawaki Chango

PHILIP SHEPPARD nominated by Lucy Nichols, seconded by Maureen Cubberley

RITA RODIN nominated by Cary Karp, seconded by Tom Keller

The GNSO Council members, the executive committee members of the constituencies, the ALAC and GAC liaisons to the Council are invited to join the teleconference to interview the ICANN Board candidates.

Rita Rodin will be interviewed on Tuesday May 30, 2006 at 12:00 UTC.

Michael Geist and Philip Sheppard will be interviewed on Thursday 1 June, 2006 at 12:00

Nominations took place between Sunday 16 April and Saturday 6 May 2006.

Only GNSO Council members could nominate candidates.

5 candidates were nominated and all accepted their nominations.

Marilyn Cade was deemed ineligible for the elections.


Michael Roberts withdrew his nomination on May 12, 2006


The voting will be "convention style" voting. This consists of sequential rounds of voting until a single candidate receives a majority of the votes on the GNSO Council.


1a. June 8, 15:00 UTC - First-round ballot distributed by secretariat

1b. June 15, 15:00 UTC - All ballots from first round must be returned to secretariat

1c. June 15, 18:00 UTC - Secretariat announces results of

first-round ballot

(if needed:)

2a. June 15, 18:00 UTC - Second-round ballot distributed by secretariat

2b. June 21, 15:00 UTC - All ballots from second round must be returned to secretariat

2c. June 21, 18:00 UTC - Secretariat announces results of second-round ballot

If another round of voting is required because of a tie in round two, that would take place in Marrakesh.


All GNSO Council members are eligible to vote, that is, 3 representatives from each constituency, Registrars, gTLD registries, Commercial and Business Users (CBUC), Non Commercial Users (NCUC), Intellectual Property (IPC), and Internet Service Providers and Connectivity Providers (ISPCP) and the 3 Nominating Committee appointees. Liaisons from the ALAC and the GAC do not vote.

GNSO Council members who are candidates, will be replaced temporarily on the Council by a member chosen by the constituency affected and that person will have the right to vote.


As provided in the ICANN bylaws,, Article X, section 5.2.

each GNSO Council member representing either the registrars constituency or the gTLD registries constituency will be entitled to cast two votes in each round, and all other members (including those selected by the Nominating Committee) shall be entitled to cast one vote.

There will be a total of 27 votes cast and a majority is 14 or more.


Voting will take place by secret e-mail ballot.

1. Ballots will be sent out individually to each GNSO Council members' e-mail address.

2. Ballots should be filled out and returned to the e-mail address stated in the ballot. They should not be copied to any e-mail list.

3. At the scheduled times, the Secretariat will announce the results of each round of balloting by sending a message to the <> mailing list. These announcements will include:

a. The number of votes received by each candidate;

b. The names of the GNSO Council members from whom ballots were received; and

c. The confidential code number of each ballot and the candidate for whom it was voted.

Item 3(c) will allow each GNSO Council member to double-check that his or her ballot was properly understood, but will not allow others to determine how the member voted.

4. In exceptional cases where a GNSO Council member has no Internet access during the voting period, a voice vote may be registered with the GNSO Secretariat personally during the voting period, before the vote is closed.


The Secretariat will announce the outcome of the voting at the close of the voting period.

The GNSO Council will confirm the results of the voting at a Council meeting. Once that occurs, the GNSO Secretariat will prepare and post a full record of all voting, including how each member voted in each round.


1. In accordance with a decision as noted in:

Public archiving of the GNSO Council list will not be stopped.

A separate archive and mailing list will be created for the purpose of managing elections going forward. This list will (a) exclude those Council members who are candidates; but include (b) any liaisons from the ALAC or GAC to the GNSO Council; and (c) the GNSO Secretariat.

The list recipients and archiving will be concluded at the end of the process.

This list name is and archives will be posted at following the conclusion of the election.

2. Messages posted to the list should be treated as confidential until the end of the elections. The GNSO Secretariat may, however, disclose them to the General Counsel's office to the extent appropriate to obtain advice about how to handle procedural problems that arise during the voting process.

The Council list should continue to be used for normal policy development work.

Please note that the General Counsel and Deputy General Counsel will not be recipients of the special election mailing list during this period, so they should be copied on any particular message that you wish to bring to their attention.



The voting will be "convention style" voting. This consists of sequential rounds of voting until a single candidate receives a majority of the votes on the GNSO Council.

After each round of voting that does not result in one candidate receiving affirmative votes comprising a majority of the votes of all the members of the GNSO Council, all candidates receiving zero votes are eliminated from subsequent rounds. Also, all candidates receiving the lowest non-zero number of votes are eliminated from subsequent rounds, unless the aggregate number of votes cast for all such candidates with the lowest number of votes would comprise half or more of all the votes cast in that round.

Example Convention-Style Voting Scenarios

Scenario (i)

Candidate 1 receives 1 vote

Candidate 2 receives 13 votes

Candidate 3 receives 12 votes

In scenario (i), Candidate 1 is eliminated because he or she received the lowest non-zero number of votes.

Candidates 2 and 3, appear on the ballot in the next round.

If all candidates except one have been eliminated and the next ballot fails to result in a majority vote in favour of the last remaining candidate, a meeting of the council will be convened to decide next steps.

In the final round, one candidate must receive a majority of the total number of votes that all members of the GNSO may cast.

Example, assuming the total number of votes on the GNSO Council is 27 the majority is 14 votes.

Scenario (ii)

Candidate One = 0 votes

Candidate Two = 13 votes

Candidate Three = 13 votes

(one absent or abstaining)

In Scenario (ii), Candidate One would be eliminated. Candidates Two and Three would appear together in the next round. The second stage of the election would be to determine whether one of the candidates obtains a majority of the votes, (14 or more).

Scenario (iii)

Candidate 1 = 9 votes

Candidate 2 = 9 votes

Candidate 3 = 9 votes

In Scenario (iii), no candidate would be eliminated; all three candidates would appear on the next ballot.

Scenario (iv)

Candidate One = 8 votes

Candidate Two = 8 votes

Candidate Three = 9 votes

(two votes absent or abstaining)

In Scenario (iv), no Candidate would be eliminated since Candidates One and Two received a total of 16 votes which comprises half or more of the total votes cast that round.

Scenario (v)
Candidate One = 12

Candidate Two = 6

Candidate Three = 5

There would be a 2 candidate run off between Candidate One and Candidate Two .

Scenario (vi)
Candidate One = 12

Candidate Two = 6

Candidate Three = 6

Candidate Two and Candidate Three would be eliminated and Candidate One would run again. If the subsequent ballot would not result in a majority for one candidate, a Council meeting would be called to decide the next steps in the process.