Each year LACNIC announces a public call for nominations to fill one (1) vacancy on the NRO Number Council (NRO NC) corresponding to the LACNIC region. The elected representative serves a three-year term.
This call for nominations seeks to appoint a representative to simultaneously fill two positions (NRO Number Council/ASO Address Council) as, according to the terms set forth in the Memorandum of Understanding signed between ICANN and the RIRs in October 2004, the NRO Number Council also fulfils the role of the ASO Address Council (ASO AC).
The ASO is a supporting and advisory body to ICANN on topics relating to Internet numbers and addresses. It was formally established in October 1999, when the directors of APNIC, ARIN and RIPE NCC –the three RIRs that existed at the time– signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU). The RIRs had previously proposed creating the ASO in a letter addressed to ICANN's Interim President on July 23rd, 1999.
Creating this organization introduced ICANN into the existing Internet address resource global policy system, which was already being used by the RIRs. RIRs predate ICANN.
The Address Council is responsible for the ASO's administrative functions. Each RIR selects three (3) individuals to serve on the Address Council, one of which is appointed by the Board of each RIR, while the remaining two are elected through an open call for nominations followed by voting at the Public Forum.
Another important role of the Address Council is appointing members of the ICANN Board of Directors. The AC does this through an open call for nominations and an open selection process.
Council members do not represent any RIR nor do they act in representation of any other entity or organization. Council members are appointed in a personal capacity and their membership may not be delegated by or to any other individual or organization.
For more information on the ASO and its Address Council, please read the Memorandumo of Understanding
LACNIC will cover travel and accommodation expenses to those events where participation of the representatives is required so that they can better fulfill their role in representation of LACNIC.
Address Council members will not receive from the ASO any compensation or reimbursement of expenses for their services. Furthermore, the ASO will not indemnify or provide liability coverage for the actions of Address Council members.
Positions within ASO are honorary, therefore members do not receive compensation for their services.
Any individual from the LACNIC region may be nominated in this process, with the exception of Regional Internet Registry staff members, members of LACNIC's Board of Directors, and any individual having the same nationality as one of the ASO/AC members appointed by the LACNIC community and currently in office.
Self-nominations are allowed.
In order to be accepted, candidates must state that they are familiar with LACNIC's policy development process, the role of the ASO AC, and the forms in which the community can participate in these processes.
Should the deadline for candidate submission expire without any candidates meeting all the requirements above having been nominated, a new 15-day nominations period will be announced during which the restriction regarding candidates' country of origin will not apply.
Should a member of the ASO AC be elected to LACNIC's Board of Directors, said member must resign from the ASO AC before taking office on the Board.
As applications are received, candidates' names are published on LACNIC's website Expressions of support for the various candidates are also received and published on this website.
Only candidates who receive at least 5 endorsements before expiry of the corresponding deadline may run in the election.
Candidate information (acknowledgement of nominations, expressions of support, candidate bios) will be published on LACNIC's website.
Voting is held during LACNIC's Public Forum.
Voting is conducted by means of paper ballots listing the names of all candidates.