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RE: [council] Point for Discussion

  • To: "Bruce Tonkin" <Bruce.Tonkin@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx>, "GNSO Council" <council@xxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • Subject: RE: [council] Point for Discussion
  • From: "Gomes, Chuck" <cgomes@xxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • Date: Sun, 15 Jul 2007 10:30:47 -0400
  • In-reply-to: <57AD40AED823A7439D25CD09604BFB5404A88591@balius.mit>
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  • Thread-topic: [council] Point for Discussion

Thanks Bruce.  It still seems to me that the cleanest way to deal with a
conflict of interest is to abstain as Board members do.  That is the
only way that totally removes the implication of being influenced by the

At the same time, as I have stated in other messages, I do believe that
a constituency should still have the right to have its position counted
regardless of whether a particular Council member has a conflict or not,
so provisions should be made for that.

Chuck Gomes
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> -----Original Message-----
> From: owner-council@xxxxxxxxxxxxxx 
> [mailto:owner-council@xxxxxxxxxxxxxx] On Behalf Of Bruce Tonkin
> Sent: Sunday, July 15, 2007 3:51 AM
> To: GNSO Council
> Subject: RE: [council] Point for Discussion
> Hello Chuck,
> > To
> > give a proxy to someone who would vote for a position that 
> you would 
> > support, seems out of order to me if you have a conflict of 
> interest.
> Just as a point of information on past examples.   When the Council
> provided advice to the Board on the criteria for the .net bid 
> process, several Council members - including myself chose not 
> to vote due to conflict of interest issues.  In fact it is 
> possible that all registrar reps did not vote.
> In that case we gave the votes to one of the Council members 
> appointed by the Nominating Committee (Alick Wilson) with 
> instructions to vote as
> he saw fit.   At the time Alick did not indicate how he would vote in
> advance.
> In other situations I have seen votes given to the chair - to 
> vote as the chair sees fit.
> The reason I raise this - was in this case there were 
> multiple Council members that did not vote due to possible 
> conflict of interest issues.
> This approach was discussed with the General Counsel at the 
> time before the meeting - but I can't recall which version of 
> the bylaws we were operating under at the time.
> Regards,
> Bruce Tonkin

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