Call for nominations ICANN Board seat 12

07 June 2020

Dear All,

The term of Nigel Roberts, the ccNSO nominated Director fulfilling ICANN Board Seat 12, will expire at the ICANN72 Annual General Meeting. By October 2021, Nigel will have served 1 term on the Board: He is eligible for reappointment.

The ccNSO Council is required to select a candidate in accordance with the relevant ICANN Bylaws and internal rules of the ccNSO applicable at the time of the call for nominations. To ensure that the ccNSO meets the ICANN Bylaws requirement of appointing a Director by 28 April 2021, the ccNSO Council will open a call for nominations to fill ICANN Board Seat number 12, starting Tuesday, 9 June 2020 (00:01 UTC) and closing 3 weeks later, on Tuesday, 30 June 2020 (23:59 UTC). Elections by the ccNSO members will start in November 2020, after completion of the background check process of the candidate(s) and a Q&A session with the candidate(s) during ICANN69 in October 2020.

Below you will find all details related to the procedure for nominating and seconding candidates, and the next steps. This announcement will also be published here:

How to nominate and second a candidate

Timeline of the nomination and secondment procedure:

START: Tuesday, 9 June 2020 (00:01 UTC)

END: Tuesday, 30 June 2020 (23:59 UTC)

  • Each ccNSO member may nominate one (1) person for a seat to be filled on the ICANN Board. The Nomination shall be published.
  • If a ccNSO member nominates a second or further candidate, only the first nomination will be valid and published as such.
  • Each ccNSO member can second one (1) or more persons for a seat to be filled on the ICANN Board
  • Only ccTLD Managers who are a member of the ccNSO as of the publication date of the call for nominations, i.e. on Monday, 8 June 2020, can nominate or second a candidate
  • All nominations must be seconded by another ccNSO member
  • Nominations and secondments should be sent by e-mail to the Nomination Process Manager at the following e-mail address:

Templates for nominating and seconding nominations are provided below. You are kindly invited to follow these instructions closely. Please do not use alternative templates.

Template for nominations:


  1. Your full name:
  2. Your email address:
  3. Your ccTLD:
  4. Full name of the person you nominate to the ICANN Board:
  5. E-mail address of the person you nominate:
  6. Country of citizenship or domicile of the person you nominate:

Template for seconding nominations:


  1. Your full name:
  2. Your e-mail address:
  3. Your ccTLD:
  4. Full name of the nominee you would like to second:
  5. E-mail address of the nominee you would like to second:

Consult here the archive for nominations and secondments.

Requirements for suitably qualified candidates

  • Citizenship or domicile

Bylaw Article 7 – Section 7.2 (c) states:

"(c) In carrying out their responsibilities to nominate Directors for Seats 9 through 15 for designation by the EC, the Supporting Organizations and the At-Large Community shall seek to ensure that the Board is composed of Directors who, in the aggregate, display diversity in geography, culture, skills, experience, and perspective, by applying the criteria set forth in Section 7.3, Section 7.4 and Section 7.5. The Supporting Organizations shall ensure that, at any given time, no two Directors nominated by a Supporting Organization are citizens from the same country or of countries located in the same Geographic Region. For purposes of this Section 7.2(c), if any candidate for Director maintains citizenship or Domicile of more than one country, that candidate may be deemed to be from either country and must select in his or her Statement of Interest the country of citizenship or Domicile that he or she wants the Supporting Organization or the At-Large Community, as applicable, to use for nomination purposes. For purposes of this Section 7.2(c), a person can only have one Domicile, which shall be determined by where the candidate has a permanent residence and place of habitation."

Patricio Poblete, occupying Board Seat 11, has his domicile in Chile, LAC-region.

  • Employment by a ccTLD

As per 3.4 of the ccNSO Guideline: ccNSO Nominations process ICANN Board seats 11 and 12 :

"Candidates are not required to be employed by a ccTLD in order to be able to be nominated, but if there is an employment or other relationship, that should be disclosed by the candidate as part of their Candidate Statement."

Accepting nominations and due diligence verifications

After closure of the nomination period, the Nomination Process Manager will ascertain whether the nominee(s) formally accept their nomination(s). The deadline to accept nominations is Wed, 8 July 2020 (23:59 UTC). On Thursday, 9 July 2020 (latest by 23:59 UTC), the Nomination Process Manager shall provide a list with the name(s) of the candidate(s) who have accepted their nomination. Also, a record of who has nominated and seconded the candidate(s) is publicly available.

By acceptance of the nomination, a nominee warrants, is aware of, and consents to:

Candidates need to be aware that they will be approached by the external due diligence provider to sign a consent form before the actual due diligence will begin. The scope of this background check is described in: In the event a candidate does not provide consent or rescinds the consent to undergo the due diligence process, the Council will be informed, and the candidacy of that person will be ended. After completion of the due diligence process, the Chair of the ccNSO Council will be informed of the outcome and inform the Council (with the exception of a potential candidate who is still a Councillor), i.e., only whether concerns have surfaced, which warrant further consideration and decisions.

Candidate Statements

The Nomination Process Manager will ask candidate(s) to provide a written candidate statement. A Q&A session will be held at the ccNSO Members Meeting at ICANN69, in October 2020. The Q&A session gives the ccNSO members and broader ccTLD community an opportunity to interact with the candidates. In preparation of the Q&A session, the written candidate statements will be posted on the ccNSO website.


Bylaw Article 10 – Section 10.3 (i) states:

"(i) The ccNSO Council shall nominate individuals to fill Seats 11 and 12 on the Board by written ballot or by action at a meeting; any such nomination must have affirmative votes of a majority of all the members of the ccNSO Council then in office. Notification of the ccNSO Council's nominations shall be given by the ccNSO Council Chair in writing to the EC Administration, with a copy to the Secretary, and the EC shall promptly act on it as provided in Section 7.25."

Even if there is only one candidate that accepted nomination for ICANN Board seat number 12, an election will be held, to allow the ccNSO members to either cast their vote for the candidate, or to select the option "none of the above". The ccNSO Council and ccNSO members have agreed that the ccNSO members shall propose and elect candidates for the two ICANN Board seats allocated to the ccNSO, and that the winner of said election - i.e. the candidate that receives the majority of the votes cast - shall in turn be nominated to the ICANN Board seat by a majority vote of the ccNSO Council. The timeline for the elections is posted in the links-section below: further instructions will be provided by the Nomination Process Manager closer to the start of the elections, in November 2020.