[council] Regarding voting rules for conflict of interest - proxies
I see that the latest bylaw suggestions deal with voting on major issues
by those absent from a meeting. This is a good improvement.
Has any consideration been given to situations of conflicts of interest?
I can recall in the past several instances where a Council member handed
over a proxy to another Council member without voting instructions where
they felt there was a conflict of interest.
For example, at one point the GNSO Council (or it might have been the
DNSO Names Council at the time) voted to recommend a set of criteria for
the rebid of .net. Most of the Council members that could be involved
in a potential bid for .net abstained (including myself at the time) and
handed their proxies to vote as he saw fit to Alick Wilson at the time
(who was a nominating committee appointee).
I haven't seen an example recently where a Council member has abstained
from voting due to conflict of interest - but I think it is worth
considering the process around that. Otherwise a Council member may
feel obligated to vote on instructions from their constituency even
where they may have a personal conflict of interest.