The ASO Address Council (AC) structure currently calls for there to be a Chair. This person is selected by the AC using the procedure given below. While the MoU did not foresee or define an internal structure for the AC, the Address Council also selects two Co-chairs from the set of AC members. The election of Co-chairs is done to assist the AC in performing its required tasks.
Terms of the AC Chair and Co-chairs
The term of the Chair and the AC Co-chairs is 1 year. The term begins with the first regularly scheduled AC meeting of a calendar year and ends at the election of subsequent Chair and Co-chairs in the next year.
The Chair and the Co-chairs must be selected from AC members.
Role of the AC Chair
- The AC Chair acts as a point of contact for interested, external organizations. Examples of such organizations are Regional Internet Registries, the IETF, ICANN, and any other organization interested in global IP addressing policy;
- The AC Chair acts as a facilitator and coordinator for internal AC activities.
The AC Chair fulfils a dual role:
The AC Chair is not permitted to act or speak on behalf of the entire AC without prior review and consultation with the Address Council. The AC Chair role is not intended to circumvent the already established process for submission of items to the AC or the resolution of those work items.
Role of the AC Co-chairs
- Co-chairs act as support and backup for the Chair. In the event that a Chair is unable to act as an AC representative in presentations, meetings or other forums, the Co-chairs may be asked to fulfill that role;
- As specified below, one of the Co-chairs will act as interim Chair in the event that the current Chair resigns.
The Chair will ask two members of the council to act as Co-chairs. These Co-chairs act in two key roles:
Roles in the AC Beyond the Chair and Co-chairs
The AC may define other roles to reach certain goals as the need arises. Defining certain roles does not attach any formal privileges to those roles, or to the individual serving in that role. These positions are also not intended to circumvent the already established process for submission of items to the AC or the resolution of those work items.
Definition of roles, as well as these guidelines for the selection of a Chair and/or Co-chairs, are understood to not have an impact on IP address policy, but only to serve as internal organization for the AC.
Procedure for Election of ASO AC Chair and Vice Chairs
Persons who are or will be members of the ASO AC in a particular year are eligible to become Chair or Vice Chair in that year, and are eligible to participate in the election for that year’s Chair, notwithstanding the fact that the procedure for electing the Chair begins during the preceding year.
Nominations for the positions of Chair for a particular year must be posted on the AC-COORD mailing list no earlier than 00:00 UTC on 1 December and no later than 24:00 UTC on 14 December of the preceding year. Self-nominations are allowed. Nominations must be seconded by another eligible voter.
Statement of interest
Confirmation of interest from nominated candidates must be posted on the AC-COORD mailing list no later than 31 December at 24:00 UTC.
At its December meeting, the council shall establish the days and times for the opening and closing of the polls for the purpose of electing the chair of the council. The polls shall not be kept open for more than seven (7) calendar days.
Within three (3) calendar days after the polls have closed, the Secretary of the NRO EC will announce the winner of the election. Records of how each AC member voted will be kept secret. The candidate receiving the most votes is elected Chair.
In the event of a tie, there shall be a second round of electronic voting, in which the candidates are those who tied for first place during the first round. The Secretary of the NRO EC will announce the list of candidates and the days and times of the opening and closing of the polls.
The newly elected Chair shall invite two AC members to be Vice Chairs, subject to acceptance by the invitees, and subject to the requirement that the Chair and Vice Chairs must all be from different regions.
The election of the AC Chair is done in an open and transparent process. The vote totals and election statistics are documented as part of the minutes of the first regularly scheduled ASO AC meeting of the calendar year
Resignation of AC Chair
If, for any reason, the AC Chair must resign their position during the calendar year, the designated Co-chair immediately becomes interim AC Chair. If the AC Chair is medically unable to continue their duties for more than thirty days consecutively, the designated Co-chair immediately becomes interim AC Chair. Within three business days of the resignation of the AC Chair, the Interim Chair must call for nominations of a new AC Chair. A minimum period of ten days must be allowed for nominations of a replacement AC Chair. At the next regularly scheduled Address Council meeting, after the closing of nominations, the Interim Chair will call for an election following same rules used for normal election.
The Interim Chair will provide each candidate an opportunity to make a short statement. Following that statement, the Interim Chair will call for the election and ask the Secretariat to call a roll call vote.
Only members present at the meeting will be eligible to vote in the election. The nominee who receives the majority of votes (greater than 50% of the cast votes) becomes the Chair for the remainder calendar year. If no nominee gets a majority of votes, the Chair will call for another vote in which the nominee from the previous vote with the least votes will be struck from the list of nominees.
If the new Chair was previously one of the two AC Co-chairs, the new AC Chair will fill the vacated Co-chair position using the AC Co-chair Election Process outlined above.
The election of a replacement AC Chair will be done in an open and transparent process. The vote totals and election statistics must documented as part of the minutes of the regularly scheduled ASO AC meeting in which the election was held.