About the NRO Number Council / ASO Address Council and their Electoral Process

This section contains information on the following topics:

  • Dissemination
  • Positions
  • Powers and Responsibilities
  • Terms and Incompatibilities
  • Meetings
  • Elections


All information regarding the NRO Number Council/ASO Address Council is available in this section and the ASO/NRO section.

All communications regarding the election of NRO NC/ASO AC members will be published on our website and through the Announcements (anuncios@lacnic.net, subscribe) and  Policy (politicas@lacnic.net, subscribe) mailing lists.


Each RIR designates 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.

The 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 by ICANN and the RIRs in October 2004, the NRO Number Council also fulfills the role of the ASO Address Council (ASO AC).


The ASO is one of ICANN's supporting bodies and advises 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 existing RIRs at the time – subscribed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU). The RIRs had previously proposed the creation of the ASO in a letter addressed to ICANN's Interim President on 23 July 1999.

The creation of this organization introduced ICANN into the existing global policy development system for matters relating to IP addresses, a system which the RIRs were already operating. RIRs predate ICANN.


The RIRs (APNIC, ARIN, LACNIC, and RIPE NCC) created the Number Resource Organization (NRO) on 24 October 2003 in order to provide a visible framework for their joint and collaborative activities.


On 21 October 2004, the NRO and ICANN subscribed a Memorandum of Understanding. Following its official recognition as an RIR on 27 April 2005, AFRINIC became the fifth member of the NRO and, consequently, a party to the MoU between ICANN and the NRO.

Powers and Responsibilities


The NRO has the following goals:

  • To protect unallocated address space
  • To promote and protect an open, participatory policy development process
  • To serve as a coordination mechanism for Regional Registries on matters of common interest
  • To act as a focal point between the RIRs and the Internet Community in general


The Address Council (AC) is responsible for the ASO's administrative functions.

Another important role of the AC is to appoint members of the ICANN Board of Directors. This is achieved through an open call for nominations and an open selection process.

Council members do not represent any of the RIRs nor do they act in representation of any other entity or organization. Council members are appointed in a personal capacity and their position may not be delegated by or to any other individual or organization.

For more information on the ASO and its Address Council, please see the MoU.

Relevant pages related to this session:

Terms and Incompatibilities

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.

Any individual from the LACNIC region may be nominated in this process, except for 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 elected by the LACNIC community and currently in office.


LACNIC covers 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.

Members of the Address Council will not receive from the ASO any compensation or reimbursement of expenses for their services. Likewise, the ASO will not indemnify or provide liability coverage for the actions of members of the Address Council.

Positions on the ASO are honorary, therefore members do not receive compensation for their services.


What are the requirements for being nominated? How are nominations submitted?

  • Any individual from the LACNIC region may be nominated in this process, except for 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 elected by the LACNIC community and currently in office.
  • Self-nominations are allowed.
  • To be eligible, candidates must state that they are familiar with the LACNIC Policy Development Process, the role of the ASO AC, and the mechanisms through which the community can participate in these processes.
  • Only candidates who receive at least five (5) expressions of support before the corresponding deadline may run in the election.
  • Information on the candidates (acknowledgment of nominations, expressions of support, candidate bios) will be published on LACNIC's website.
  • If the deadline for candidate nominations expires and no candidates meeting all the requirements have been nominated, an additional 15-day nomination period will be announced during which the limitation regarding candidates’ country of origin will be waived.
  • Should a member of the ASO AC be elected to the LACNIC Board of Directors, such member must resign from the ASO AC before taking office on the Board.

Who can vote? How does voting take place?

  • Voting takes place during a meeting of the LACNIC Public Policy Forum.
  • Anyone who is inside the room when the voting begins may vote.
  • Each voter may check the name of one (1) candidate on the voting sheet. Each checkmark will be counted as one vote.
  • Votes are anonymous.
  • A three-member commission appointed during the Public Forum will be responsible for counting the votes. Candidates may not be part of this commission.
  • Once the votes have been counted, the candidate with the highest number of votes will be proclaimed representative of the LACNIC region to the NC.
  • In the event of a tie, the candidates with the highest number of votes will proceed to a second round of voting from which all other candidates will be excluded.