About LACNIC Electoral Commission and its electoral process
According to LACNIC's Bylaws, the LACNIC Electoral Commission consists of five members.
This commission shall be responsible for overseeing and certifying the electoral processes of the bodies established under these bylaws, including contesting or restricting to one the positions and candidacies at stake due to conflicts of interest (having the authority to eliminate or restrict the candidacy of one or more contested candidates or to have candidates investigated at the Electoral Commission's own initiative), as well as for counting votes and determining the results and winning candidates. The Electoral Commission may act based on third-party allegations or on its own initiative and has the authority to summon an extraordinary assembly in case of serious irregularities in the election.
Powers and responsibilities
The same responsibilities and tasks that are found in Article 24 correspond to the five members of the Electoral Commission.
Mandates and incompatibilities (article 24):
- Members of the Electoral Commission shall serve a three-year term of office with partial renewal of one or two positions each year, as applicable
- Members of the Electoral Commission shall be eligible for re-election as long as they continue to meet the eligibility criteria
- Not more than one member may be a citizen of the same country or territory in the region
- Not more than one member of the Electoral Commission may have employment, consultancy or advisory relationships with the same company or organization or with one of its related companies, whether registered in the same country or not
Electoral Commission Meetings
The work and communications of the Electoral Commission are developed online via email and the elections system of LACNIC.
LACNIC Code of Ethics
Like the staff of LACNIC, the Electoral Commission is ruled by the LACNIC Code of Ethics.
Who can be nominated and how?
- Citizens of the countries or territories of the LACNIC coverage region that comply with the stipulations of Article 24.
- Being nominated by a member organization's membership contact: Active A or Founding Member
- The organization presenting the nomination must be current with their membership fees
- Nominees may or may not belong to the organization submitting their nomination (self-nominations are allowed)
- Members have the right to nominate one candidate for each seat to be filled
Who can vote and how?
- Member organizations: Active A or Founding Members
- No outstanding balance on their account statements as of the date of voter registration
- Voting is conducted electronically on LACNIC's election system - Article 25
- The scale of votes goes from the value 1 to 11 depending on the member category (according to address space assigned) - Article 19
- Each member organization has a designated representative (their membership contact) who has the right to vote on behalf of the organization he or she represents. This membership contact will receive an email with the organization's voting link.
- The membership contact's name and email address must be on file with LACNIC. The accuracy of this information is solely the member's responsibility; LACNIC will in no way be responsible for updating this information.