Election Notice: ccNSO Council, European Region

07 November 2023

Date: 8 November 2023

This is to inform you about the elections for the position of one (1) ccNSO Council member for the European region. Voting in the first round will start Thursday, 9 November 2023 (00:01 UTC) and closes on Thursday, 30 November 2023 (23:59 UTC).

In accordance with the applicable rules, three (3) candidates from the European region were nominated, seconded and have accepted their nomination. Consequently, an election will be held among the ccNSO members of the European Region. Only ccNSO members from a Geographic Region are allowed to vote for candidates to the ccNSO Council from that Geographic Region.


In alphabetical order:

The candidates were invited to submit candidate statements to the ccNSO members. They interacted with the ccNSO members and broader ccTLD community at a Q&A session, held during the ccNSO Members Meeting at ICANN78. Consult the recording here.

Election opening and closing

Voting in the first round will start Thursday, 9 November 2023 (00:01 UTC) and closes on Thursday, 30 November 2023 (23:59 UTC).

Voting ballots

Voting ballots will be sent latest on Wednesday, 8 November by 23:00 UTC, from tally@icann.org to the e-mail address of the Emissary of each ccNSO Member from the European region, as listed in the ccNSO Members database.

As per the October 2022 Rules of the ccNSO, the Emissary is the Representative selected by the ccTLD Manager in accordance with Section 10.4(e) of the ICANN Bylaws for the purpose of voting in the specific cases enumerated in Article 10 & Annex B of the ICANN Bylaws and the Internal Rules and Internal Procedures of the ccNSO.  Each eligible Emissary will receive one (1) unique ballot.  The ccNSO currently counts 47 members from the European region, corresponding to 47 Territories, and therefor 47 Emissaries.

Do you have questions or concerns regarding the email address of the Emissary for your Territory? Contact the Nomination Process Manager, Joke Braeken (joke.braeken@icann.org). If you are unable to locate the ballot, please also consider checking your spam folder.

Election procedure

Since the election is for one seat, each eligible Emissary will be entitled to vote for up to one candidate. For each ballot, a maximum of 1 candidate can be selected. There is a possibility to submit your ballot without selecting any of the candidates. Each Emissary will receive 1 ballot only. You can vote an unlimited number of times, but only the last vote submitted will be counted.  When the results are displayed, the votes are only identified by the ballot ID, and not by the voter's email address.

As per the relevant guideline, a majority of all the Emissaries in the Geographic Region entitled to vote shall constitute a quorum, and the selected candidate must receive the votes of a majority of those cast by the Emissaries from the Geographic Region. The winner is the candidate who receives the plurality of the votes. In the event two or more candidates have received the same number of votes in the election, and no winner can be identified, a run-off election will be conducted between these candidates.

Next Steps

The election closes on Thursday, 30 November 2023 (23:59 UTC).  The Election Manager will announce the voting results on Friday, 1 December (latest by 23:59 UTC). In case there is a need for a second voting round, or in case there is a tied vote, elections will be held, according to the timeline previously agreed by Council.  The Election Report, which includes the results of the election, will be sent to the ccNSO Council for adoption. The Chair of the ccNSO Council shall inform the ICANN Secretary of the selection.


Candidate statements