Co-chair of the Policy Development Process Elections

Official Results

LACNIC's Electoral Commission confirms the election of Tomás Lynch to serve as co-chair of the Policy Development Process for the two-year term beginning immediately after the next Public Policy Forum.

We are pleased to welcome Tomas and would like thank David, who also participated in the election. Their initiative was essential for this process.

The LACNIC Electoral Commission

Provisional results published subject to observations

These provisional results will remain pending any claims received from 22 to 23 March 2021 (at 18:00 UTC).
Deadline for deciding any claims received regarding the online voting process: 24 to 26 March (at 18:00 UTC)
This initiative seeks to avoid the disclosure of unofficial results through channels external to LACNIC during the audit period.


In accordance with the provisions of the PDP and the calendar for this election process, online voting took place from 9 to 16 March 2021 to elect a co-chair for the Policy Development Process.
The voting period has concluded and has now been audited by the Electoral Commission. The winning candidates is:

Tomás Lynch (Argentina).

Candidatos   Votos recibidos
Tomás Lynch 97
David Ernesto Mena Cañas 47
  1. Number of authorized voters: 948
  2. Number of persons who voted: 144
  3. Percentage: 15.1%

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Candidates Person nominating the candidate
Nombre completo Organization Country of citizenship Country of residence Biography and Desirable Suitability Criteria Full name Organization Reason for the nomination
David Ernesto Mena Cañas Digicel El Salvador El Salvador El Salvador Biografía David Ernesto Mena Cañas Digicel El Salvador To actively participate in the LACNIC community and to contribute to maintaining the Internet resources that allow providing connectivity services to the citizens of Latin America, especially to those of El Salvador, with the goal of closing the digital divides in our countries.
Tomás Lynch LACNOG Argentina Estados Unidos Biografía  Martin A. Mazzia COOPERATIVA TELEFONICA Y OSPA DE TOSTADO LDA. AR-CTYO3-LACNIC I am very grateful for everything Tomas has contributed, which is why I believe he should continue to collaborate with LACNIC's policy development process, in which he has participated over the last two years.

The election to select a Public Policy Forum Co-Chair is conducted as described below.

Nominations and Expressions of Support 

  1. The call for candidates will be issued on 1st February 2021 at 18:00 UTC. Candidates must meet one of the following requirements:
    1. Be a member of LACNIC
    2. Be nominated by a member of LACNIC*

*Nominations must be submitted by the membership contact designated by the organization before LACNIC.

  1. LACNIC employees may not be nominated or nominate any candidates.
  2. Self-nominations are allowed.
  3. Candidate nominations will be accepted until 22 February 2021 at 18:00 UTC.
  4. The names and a biography of the candidates who will be running in the election will be published on 2 March, along with any expressions of support received prior to the closing of the nomination period.


Submitting expressions of support for a candidate

To submit an expression of support and endorse a candidate, please email and include the following information:

  1. Name of the candidate that is being endorsed:
  2. Name of the person expressing their support:
  3. Organization:
  4. Email address:


  1. Electronic voting will open on 9 March 2021 at 18:00 UTC. Prior to this date, those who are eligible to vote will receive instructions on how to cast their vote.
  2. Anyone who subscribes to the Policy list before the voters’ registry closes (22 February 2021 at 18:00 UTC) will be eligible to vote. LACNIC staff members may not vote in this election.
  3. Votes are anonymous.
  4. Once all votes have been counted, the person who obtains the highest number of votes will be appointed Co-Chair of the LACNIC Policy Development Process for a period of two years starting immediately after the closing of this Forum and running until the end of the Forum to be held in 2023.
  5. In case of a tie, runoff voting will be conducted between the two candidates who tied with the highest number of votes.

PDP Chairs

LACNIC's PDP will have two chairs, both of whom will perform the same functions.

About the PDP Chairs

  1. PDP chairs may not be part of the LACNIC staff.
  2. These positions are honorary.
  3. PDP chairs must be members of LACNIC or supported by a member of LACNIC.
  4. PDP chairs will each serve a two-year term, with one position up for renewal each year. Unlimited re-election is allowed.

Functions of the PDP Chairs

  1. To lead and prepare PDP discussions. Discussions will be led by one of the two chairs, who may alternate in this function during the event.
  2. To lead the Public Policy List and the PDP in general.
  3. To assess and suggest minor changes to texts proposed during the PDP before the corresponding call for consensus.
  4. To assess and suggest consensus in policy discussions.
  5. To suggest the finalization of the discussions on a specific issue on the Public Policy List.
  6. To decide to abandon a policy.
  7. To summon the creation of Working Groups on the Public Policy List.
  8. To receive comments from the LACNIC Staff on various aspects of a policy proposal. These comments may include, among others, comments on the wording of a proposal, the cost of implementing a proposal, legal aspects, and where to include a proposal within the LACNIC Policy Manual.

Election of the PDP Chairs

  1. Calls for nominations will be announced through the public Policy List.
  2. Anyone subscribed to the Public Policy List may participate in the election.
  3. The election will be conducted immediately before the Public Policy Forum.
  4. Voting will be conducted electronically, implementing mechanisms to ensure that each subscriber to the list can vote only once.
  5. The winner of the electronic voting process must be ratified at the Public Policy Forum. The acting chairs will ask those in attendance whether they have any objections to the electronic voting process. If any objections are raised, the chairs will assess the significance of such objections. If no objections are raised, or if the chairs consider that any objections raised are not significant, they will proceed to ratify the winning candidate. Any chair who ran in the election must abstain from participating as chair during the ratification process.
  6. Elected chairs will begin their term immediately after the closing of the Public Policy Forum during which they were ratified.
  7. If a winner is not ratified, the LACNIC Board will appoint a chair to fill the vacant position until the next Public Policy Forum. The person thus appointed will only fill the position until the next time an election can be held and the is winner ratified.

Responsibilities and Obligations of the Chairs

  1. To publish the agenda for the upcoming Public Policy Forum on the Public Policy List at least 1 week prior to the start of the Forum, specifying, among other information, which policy proposals will be presented and discussed.
  2. To prepare a report on the Public Policy Forum and submit it to the Public Policy List not more than 1 week after the end of the Forum.
  3. To post a call for the discussion of any proposal presented by the community on the Public Policy List, including a reminder that the discussion period for each policy proposal is at least 8 weeks and at most the time required for the proposal to be presented at the Public Policy Forum. Consensus may not be called for if a proposal has not been presented and discussed at least in one Public Policy Forum.
  4. At any time during the discussion period, to decide together with the author(s) whether it is advisable to review a proposal and, if so, whether it is necessary to restart the discussion period or whether the changes are minor and/or expected to achieve consensus and therefore allow the same discussion period to continue.
  5. To announce whether consensus has been reached within a maximum of 2 weeks after the discussion period has ended.
  6. If consensus is not reached, to decide together with the author(s) whether they would like to continue to discuss the proposal (either the same version or a new one) or to abandon the proposal. If the decision is to continue to discuss the proposal, the 8-week discussion period must be restarted.
  7. To publish a 4-week last call for comments for any proposal that reaches consensus.
  8. Within 1 week of the end of the last call for comments, to confirm whether consensus has been maintained (in which case the proposal will be sent to the LACNIC Board for ratification) or to decide together with the author(s) if they wish to submit an updated version of the proposal to the Public Policy List and start a new discussion period.
  9. To communicate through the Policy List the results of the ratification by the LACNIC Board of those policies that reached consensus and received no observations during the last call for comments, not more than 1 week after the minutes of the Board meeting during which the ratification was decided are published.


  1. Candidate nominations and expressions of support: 1 February 2021 at 18:00 UTC.
  2. Voters’ registry closes, nominations no longer accepted: 22 February 2021 at 18:00 UTC.
  3. Candidate names published: 2 March 2021.
  4. Expressions of support and questions for the candidates: 2 to 8 March 2021.
  5. Electronic voting begins: 9 March 2021 at 18:00 UTC.
  6. Electronic voting ends: 16 March 2021 at 18:00 UTC.
  7. Provisional results published subject to observations: 22 March 2021.
  8. Official results published:
    1. If no observations/complaints are received: 23 March 2021.
    2. If any observations/complaints are received: 29 March 2021.
  1. Runoff voting begins (in case of a tie): 25 March 2021 at 18:00 UTC.
  2. Runoff voting ends: 30 March 2021 at 18:00 UTC.