Election notice: proposed new ccNSO internal rules

29 September 2022

This is to inform you about a ccNSO vote, to determine whether the ccNSO membership supports the adoption of the proposed new ccNSO internal rules. Voting starts Tuesday, 4 October 2022 (00:01 UTC) and ends Tuesday, 18 October 2022 (23:59 UTC).

ccNSO Members: Your participation in this vote is important!

As per the current rules (See Section 2.2 and 4.1 of the April 2022 Rules), at least 57 ccNSO members (33% of the current membership) and at least three (3) members per ICANN Region need to cast their votes to pass the quorum threshold. If the vote is quorate, at least 66% of the votes cast need to be in favour of the proposed new ccNSO internal rules.

What is this about?

On 2 June 2022, the most recent version of the ICANN Bylaws was published. Consequently, amendments to Article 10, on the Country Code Names Supporting Organization (ccNSO), and Annex B, on the ccNSO Policy Development Process, became effective. The Bylaw change impacts on ccNSO existing rules and operating procedures, since IDN ccTLD managers are now eligible to become members of the ccNSO.

A GRC subgroup held various consultations with the ccNSO membership to identify issues, find solutions and to update about progress on the proposed changes to the Rules. Based on the feedback, the Group finalised its draft. The ccNSO Council adopted the proposed new Rules (in accordance with section 10.3(k) of the ICANN Bylaws) at its meeting on 18 August 2022. The proposed Rules are now ready to be put before the ccNSO membership for adoption.

Consult the FAQ and read more here.

About the vote

  • Ballots will be sent latest on Monday, 3 October by the e-mail address tally@icann.org , to the e-mail address of the primary contacts of each ccNSO Member, as listed in the ccNSO Members database.
  • If you are unable to locate the ballot, please consider checking your spam folder. Contact Joke Braeken (joke.braeken@icann.org ) if you have questions or concerns regarding the email address of the primary contact for your ccTLD.
  • Each eligible primary contact receives one unique ballot only.
  • When the results are displayed, the votes are only identified by the ballot ID, and not by the voter's email address.
  • You can vote an unlimited number of times, but only the last vote submitted will be counted.

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