[council] Draft GNSO Council Operating Procedures - abstentions
Fellow Council Members,
one issue debated but unresolved by the drafting team is the oddity in Council
voting over abstentions.
To date an abstention has counted as a vote against the motion because of the
way the old by-laws were written.
I believe this is no longer the case in the new by-laws and so the decision is
up to us as Council as to what we want to put in our internal rules (the
The current draft continues the old practise.
I would like to propose an amendment to the draft op. procedures as follows:
5.4 "Abstentions will count towards the establishment of a quorum but do not
count as votes cast."
This will mean an abstention is just that a decision to not vote. At present it
is not the case.(The ability to state why a member abstains remains).
The only rationale for the current situation is the the same rule applies for
the Board. To my mind there are reasons why a Board may have such a rule that
are not relevant to a policy development body such as Council.
Is everyone happy to make this change ?