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Re: [ga] Reminder -- Bylaws Amendments Posted for PublicComment
I agree with the bylaw amendments below.
I particularly concur with the following point;
"This principle is intended to ensure that ICANN Directors fulfill
their obligation to serve the entire corporation, and not the
particular interests of a given SO. "
Thank you for the opportunity to comment.
At 5:05 PM -0700 9/24/99, Andrew McLaughlin wrote:
>In particular, the Board solicits comments on the following proposed
>addition to the Bylaws:
> "Article VI, Section 4. ELIGIBILITY
> "No person shall serve simultaneously as (i) a member of any
> Supporting Organization Council or other body that is directly
> responsible for the selection of Directors by that Supporting
> Organization and (ii) a Director. If a member of any such Supporting
> Organization Council or such other body accepts a nomination to
> be considered to serve on the Board, such member shall not,
> following such nomination, participate in any discussion of, or vote
> by, such Supporting Organization Council or other body relating to
> the selection of Directors by such Council or other body."
>This language would apply two principles to all three Supporting
> (1) An individual cannot serve as an ICANN Director and an SO Council
>member at the same time.
> Staff Rationale: This principle is intended to ensure that ICANN
>Directors fulfill their obligation to serve the entire corporation, and not
>the particular interests of a given SO. Since there is no shortage of
>talented, qualified and interested candidates, there is unlikely to be
> (2) An SO Council member who has accepted a nomination as a candidate
>for the ICANN Board should recuse him/herself from participating in votes or
>discussions about those elections.
> Staff Rationale: This principle is intended to prevent SO Council
>members from having an unfair advantage vis a vis nominees who are not
>members of the SO Council. In addition, it vindicates the basic notion of
>preventing conflicts of interest, by stating that an SO Council members
>ought not to vote on a matter in which she/he has a direct personal stake in
>the outcome. Because the relevant constituency groups, regional internet
>registries, and standards development organizations have the authority to
>replace their SO Council members by any means of their choosing, the
>proposed principle need not deprive any of them of their full voting
>strength at the time of the election itself.