Call for Nominations for one Director to the ICANN Board

18 September 2017

Mike Silber's term on the ICANN Board Seat 12 will expire at the ICANN Annual General Meeting 2018. The ccNSO is opening on Wednesday 20 September 2017, 00.01 UTC a call for nominations to fill ICANN Board seat number 12.

Below you will find all details related to the procedure for nominating and seconding candidates. According to the ICANN Bylaws, an ICANN Board member is eligible to serve three (3) terms. Mike is currently in his third term and cannot be re-appointed.  Should there be more than one candidate nominated for seat number 12, an election will be held.

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."

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.

How to nominate and second a candidate

The nomination and secondment procedure starts Wednesday 20 September 2017, 00.01 UTC and closes Wednesday 11 October 2017, 23.59 UTC.

Each ccNSO member can nominate one person for a seat to be filled on the ICANN Board and each member can second one person. Nomination of, and seconding of a candidate, is limited to ccTLDs who are ccNSO members as of the date the call for nominations is published, i.e. on 19 September 2017. All nominations must be seconded by another ccNSO member.

Nominations and secondments should be sent by e-mail to the Nomination 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 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

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."

As per 3.4 of the 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 next steps

After closure of the nomination period, the Nomination Manager will ascertain whether the nominee(s) accept their nomination(s).  The Nomination Manager shall 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.

The Nomination Manager will ask candidate(s) to provide and present a Candidate Statement at the upcoming ccNSO Members Meeting at ICANN60 in Abu Dhabi. Consult here the agenda of the ICANN60 ccNSO Members Meeting.

Should there be more than one candidate nominated for board seat number 12, an election will be held.