Notice of vote: proposed ccPDP4-IDN ccTLD policy

26 March 2024

This is to formally notify you about a ccNSO vote to determine whether the ccNSO membership supports the ccNSO Council recommendation to adopt the proposed ccPDP4-IDN ccTLD policy.

VOTE START | Wednesday, 27 March 2024 (00:01 UTC)

VOTE DEADLINE | Wednesday, 17 April 2024 (23:59 UTC)

ABOUT THE PROPOSED POLICY | This policy will provide a framework to ICANN and the broader community for (i) the selection of IDN country code Top-Level Domain (ccTLD) strings and variants thereof, (ii) the delegation, transfer, revocation, and retirement of the selected IDN ccTLD string and its variants, (iii) the use of the review mechanism pertaining to decisions concerning the delegation, transfer, revocation, and retirement of IDN ccTLDs.  The proposed policy does not amend or change the current policies on delegation, transfer, revocation, and retirement of ccTLDs, but rather builds upon them.

VOTING PROCEDURE | Voting will take place online.  A total of 174 voting ballots will be sent latest by Monday, 25 April 2024 (23:00 UTC), from to the e-mail address of the Emissaries, as listed in the ccNSO Member database. Each eligible emissary will receive only one unique ballot.  Click on the link in the email to cast your vote. When the results are displayed, votes will only be identified by the ballot ID, and not by the voter's email address.  You can vote as many times as you like, but only the last vote you cast will be counted.

Pursuant to Section 10.4(e) of the ICANN Bylaws, the Emissary is the Representative selected by the ccTLD Manager for the purpose of voting in the specific cases enumerated in Article 10 and Annex B of the ICANN Bylaws and for some votes pursuant to the ccNSO Internal Rules and Procedures. Currently, 176 ccTLD Managers representing 174 Territories are members of the ccNSO.

WHY YOUR VOTE IS IMPORTANT | While the policy may not immediately impact all ccTLDs, it paves the way for non-Latin script country code Top Level Domains and their variants to be accessible for domain name registration.

Approval of the recommended IDN ccTLD Policy by the ccNSO membership is pivotal, as it will then be presented to the ICANN Board of Directors for their deliberation. For approval by the ccNSO membership, at least 50% of the ccNSO Emissaries must vote and at least 66% of those votes must be in favour of the ccNSO Council recommendation.

If you have any questions or require further clarification on eligibility or the voting procedures, please do not hesitate to contact Joke Braeken (