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Public Comment: Amendment of the GNSO Operating Procedures on the 2010 Selection Process for ICANN Board Seat 13

28 January 2010

The GNSO Council is seeking comments on amendments to the GNSO Operating Procedures related to the 2010 selection process for ICANN Board Seat 13. Under the ICANN Bylaws, the Contracted Party House selects the individual to fill Board Seat 13, currently held by Bruce Tonkin. Mr. Tonkin’s term ends on 30 April 2010. The GNSO Council has adopted the selection process proposed by the Contracted Party House for the upcoming 2010 election. The public comment period ends on 18 February 2010.

The amended GNSO Operating Procedures regarding the Board Seat 13 selection process can be viewed at http://gnso.icann.org/drafts/gnso-operating-procedures-redline-28jan10-en.pdf. Comments can be submitted to op-procedures-amendment-2010@icann.org, and viewed at http://forum.icann.org/lists/op-procedures-amendment-2010/.


The ICANN Bylaws specify that the GNSO has the right to select two individuals to serve on the ICANN Board, commonly referred to as Board Seats 13 and 14. Under the Bylaws, the Contracted Party House selects Board Seat 13, and the Non-Contracted Party House selects Board Seat 14.

On 28 January 2010, the GNSO Council approved the process proposed by the Contracted Party House to select a representative to fill Board Seat 13 for the 2010 election, and amended its Operating Procedures to include this process and timeline. Because the current term for Board Seat 13 expires at the end of April 2010, the GNSO Council is proposing an expedited process for the 2010 selection of Board Seat 13, but has also specifically reserved the right to modify the election procedures before the nomination period expires if public comments raise issues or matter that merit changes to the adopted processes. The GNSO Council also tasked the GNSO Operations Work Team with the responsibility of developing the procedures for future selection of Board Seats 13 and 14 to be included in the GNSO Operating Procedures.

Additional Information:

A copy of the new procedures can be found here - http://gnso.icann.org/drafts/gnso-operating-procedures-redline-28jan10-en.pdf

To review the ICANN Bylaws related to the selection of Board Seats 13 and 14, please refer to Article X Section 3.6 of Bylaws

For more information on the GNSO Council and its operations, please refer to: http://gnso.icann.org/

To participate in the GNSO Operations Work Team activities related to this effort, please contact Glen de Saint Gery at gnso.secretariat@gnso.icann.org.