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ASO General Assembly for 2000 and Call for ICANN Board Nominations

The Address Council of the Address Supporting Organisation is pleased to announce the first ASO General Assembly meeting, to be held on Friday 19 May 2000, in Budapest, Hungary. This meeting will be hosted by RIPE NCC alongside the RIPE-36 meeting, and will be open to all parties with an interest in ASO policy matters. A detailed meeting agenda will be published in due course on the ASO web site.

In compliance with the ASO MoU, the Address Council and ICANN hereby call for nominations to the ICANN Board, of candidates to fill vacant ASO seats on the ICANN board as they become vacant. The first such seat scheduled to become vacant is currently occupied by Mr. Pindar Wong, who will stand down on 30 September 2000. However, candidates nominated at this time may also be chosen to fill seats which become vacant before or after this time. Note that appointments to the ICANN board must satisfy the geographic diversity constraints specified in section 3c of the ASO MoU.

Any individual may be nominated within this process, with the exception of any official of a national government or a multinational entity established by treaty or other agreement between national governments (ICANN Bylaws Art. V., Sec 5). Self-nominations are permitted.

Nominations should be sent by email to <secretariat@aso.icann.org> and should state the following details :

A. Nominee details

1. Full name
2. Organisational affiliation
3. Email address
4. Physical address
5. Country of residence
6. Telephone contact
7. Biography

B. Details of nominating individual

1. Full name
2. Organisational affiliation
3. Email address
4. Country of residence

Nominations must be submitted in English and must be received by the ASO Secretariat before 0900 GMT 19 April 2000 (30 days prior to the General Assembly meeting). After nomination all nominees will be contacted via email to confirm their willingness to serve as an ICANN Director. If the nominee is not contactable via email then the nomination will not be confirmed, and nominee must explicitly confirm the nomination for the nomination to be considered confirmed.

All confirmed nominations will be listed on the ASO web site as soon as they are confirmed. Those wishing to express support for any individuals who have been nominated should use the "ICANN Board - Support of Nomination" Form which will be made available on the ASO web site.

The list of nominated individuals and the supporting comments will be passed to the Address Council after all nominees are confirmed, and prior to the General Assembly meeting on 19 May 2000.

More information regarding the GA and nominations process will be posted to the ASO web site in due course.

Paul Wilson
for the ASO Address Council.


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