Process and requerimentos for the elections of the Public Policy Forum

Process and requerimentos for the elections of the Public Policy Forum

LACNIC issues an annual call for nominations for the position of Co-Chair of LACNIC's Public Policy Forum. A vacancy is generated at the conclusion of each Chair's term, which coincides with the closing of the Public Policy Forum held each year in the month of May.

General Schedule

  • Period for candidate nominations and endorsements

  • Voters registry, receipt of nominations and expressions of support close

  • Electronic voting begins

  • Electronic voting ends

  • Runoff ballot begins (in case a tie occurs)

  • Runoff ballot ends

Elections for Public Policy Forum Co-Chairs are conducted as follows:

Candidate nominations and expressions of support

Candidates must meet one of the following requirements:

  • Being a member of LACNIC

  • Being nominated by a member of LACNIC*

*Nominations must be submitted by the person an organization has appointed as its LACNIC membership contact.

  • LACNIC employees may not be nominated or nominate any candidates.

  • Self-nominations are allowed.

  • As applications are received, candidates' names and bios as well as any expressions of support received before the closing date for receipt of nominations are published on LACNIC's website.

  • Candidates who will be running in the election are announced on a date after the nominations period closes.


  • Those who are eligible to vote will receive instructions before the date on which electronic voting is scheduled to begin.

  • Anyone who has subscribed to the policy mailing list before the date on which the voters registry closes will be authorized to vote. LACNIC staff members may not vote.

  • Votes are anonymous.

  • Once all votes have been counted, the person who obtained the highest number of votes will be appointed Co-Chair of LACNIC's Public Forum for a period of two (2) years starting immediately after the current Forum closes and ending after the Public Forum to be held two years from then.

  • When a tie occurs, a runoff ballot is conducted between the two candidates with the equal number of votes.

Public Policy Forum Chairs

LACNIC's Public Policy Forum is run by two Chairs, both having the same functions.

Functions of the Public Policy Forum Chairs

1. To moderate and prepare Public Policy Forum discussions. Discussions shall be moderated by one of the two Chairs, who may alternate in this function during the course of the event.

2. To moderate the Public Policy Mailing List and the Policy Development Process in general.

3. To evaluate and suggest minor changes to the texts proposed during the Public Policy Forum before the corresponding call for consensus.

4. To evaluate and suggest consensus in policy discussions.

5. To suggest finalizing the discussion on a specific issue on the Public Policy Mailing List.

6. To decide to abandon a policy.

7. To summon the creation of Working Groups on the Public Policy Mailing List.

8. To receive comments from LACNIC's Staff in relation to various aspects of a policy proposal. These comments may include, among others, comments on a proposal's wording, cost of implementing a proposal, legal aspects involved, and where to include a proposal within LACNIC's policy document.


Policy Chairs: LACNIC will pay travel and accommodation expenses for attending both LACNIC events so that the Pubic Policy Forum Chairs can perform their duties.

Important Information

1. Public Policy Forum Chairs may not be members of LACNIC's staff.

2. These positions are honorary.

3. Call for nominations are issued through the Public Policy mailing list.

4. Anyone subscribed to the Public Policy Mailing List may participate.

5. Voting takes place immediately before the Public Policy Forum.

6. Electronic mechanisms are implemented to ensure that each person subscribed to the list may cast only one vote.

7. The winning candidate 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 evaluate whether the objections are sufficiently significant. If no objections are raised, or if the Chairs consider that the objections that were raised are not significant, they will proceed to ratify the winning candidate. Any Chair who participates in an election as a candidate must abstain from acting as chair during the ratification process.

8. Elected Chairs begin their term immediately after the closing of the Public Policy Forum during which they were ratified.

9. If there was no ratified winner, LACNIC's Board of Directors will appoint a chair to fill the vacant position until the following Public Policy Forum. The next time an election and ratification process can be conducted, the person elected shall fill the position for the remaining part of the original term only.

10. Public Policy Forum Chairs must be members of LACNIC or endorsed by a member of LACNIC.

11. These positions are held alternately for 2 years, with the possibility of unlimited reelection.

Meet the Current Public Policy Forum Chairs

Policy Forum Chairs