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Special ccNSO Council Elections – European region

16 November 2021

Giovanni Seppia has indicated he will step down from the ccNSO Council at the end of 2021. In accordance with section 10.4(g) of the ICANN Bylaws, the ccNSO members in the European Region will need to select a candidate for the remainder of Giovanni's term (until March 2023). The person selected for the special Council election will take the seat on the Council in January 2022, latest after formal completion of the selection process.

The ccNSO is opening a call for nominations to fill the seat: the nomination and secondment procedure starts Thursday, 18 November 2021 (00:01 UTC) and closes Thursday, 2 December 2021 (23:59 UTC).

How to nominate and second a candidate


The nomination and secondment procedure starts Thursday, 18 November 2021 (00:01 UTC) and closes Thursday, 2 December 2021 (23:59 UTC).

Who can nominate or second?

In line with the ICANN Bylaws, Article 10 – Section 10.4 (h), each ccNSO member from ICANN's European region may nominate a person to serve on the ccNSO Council for the European region. The nominated person must need to be seconded by another ccNSO member from the European region.As per the relevant ccNSO guideline, new ccNSO members are able to participate in the nomination process if the ccNSO membership application has been approved by the ccNSO Council one day prior the nomination process starts, i.e. latest on 16 November 2021.


As per the relevant ccNSO guideline, ccNSO members may self-nominate themselves, but are not allowed to second their nomination. Self-nominations must be seconded by two ccNSO members from the region.


Nominations and secondments should be sent by e-mail to the Election 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, and not to use alternative templates.

Template for nominations:


  1. Your full name:
  2. Your e-mail address:
  3. Your ccTLD:
  4. Full name of the person you nominate to the ccNSO Council:
  5. e-mail address 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:

Archive for nominations and secondments:

Eligibility requirements to be elected to the ccNSO Council

A Councillor can be any individual nominated, seconded and elected as described in the ccNSO Council Election Guideline. Individuals are elected in their personal capacity and serve the ccTLD community. Councillors do not represent the views and interests of their employers. Candidates need to be neither resident in the region, nor a citizen of a country, within the region in which they stand for election.

A valid candidate is one that has been nominated and seconded according to the ccNSO Council Election Guideline, and that has accepted the nomination. If there is more than one valid candidate in a Geographical Region, an election shall be conducted in that region. Voting will be by secret ballot: the ballot is identified only by a code and not by a name.

Accepting nominations

After closure of the nomination period, the Election Manager will ask the candidates that are nominated to accept their nomination. Self-nominations are understood to have accepted their nomination.

The Election Manager will provide a list with the name(s) of the candidate(s) who have accepted their nomination. A record of who has nominated and seconded the candidate(s) is publicly available:

Next steps

If at the close of nominations there are no more valid candidates for ICANN's European geographic region than there are seats on the ccNSO Council available for that geographic region, then the nominated candidates shall be selected to serve on the ccNSO Council. Otherwise, an election shall be held – according to the timeline previously agreed upon by the ccNSO Council – for that geographic region, to select the ccNSO Councillors from among the valid candidates.