ICANN Resolutions » 2005-11-08 - Proposed ICANN Bylaws Changes on Interim ALAC's Certification of At-Large Structures
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Board directs ICANN staff to post for public comment proposed bylaws changes that would reduce the number of required votes of ALAC members for approval of applications for At-Large Structure certification.
Whereas, the ICANN Bylaws establishes the At-Large Advisory Committee, and established the voting process by which groups would be designated as "At-Large Structures", at Article XI, Section 2, paragraph 4(i).
Whereas, after having used and attempted to improve this process for two years, and after voting on 26 applications, the Interim At-Large Advisory Committee (ALAC) has determined that a change is needed. The ALAC has found that the "super-majority" threshold for certification (2/3 of the ALAC, which is 10 votes) is cumbersome and unnecessary and can impede progress in building a network of user groups involved in ICANN At-Large. The ALAC has proposed the new voting requirement to achieve the objective of ensuring groups comply with the At-Large Structure criteria, as well as to expedite the ALAC's processing of applications.
Whereas, the Interim At-Large Advisory Committee (ALAC) recommends that the Board amend the bylaws to improve the process by which the ALAC certifies or decertifies groups as "At-Large Structures." The ALAC proposes to reduce the number of required votes of ALAC members for approval of applications for At-Large Structure certification, as follows:
Existing bylaws: Article XI, Section 2, paragraph 4(i):
"... Decisions to certify or decertify an At-Large Structure shall require a 2/3 vote of all of the members of the ALAC and shall be subject to review according to procedures established by the Board."
...Decisions to certify or decertify an At-Large Structure shall require a 2/3 majority among all of the members of the ALAC who cast a vote, provided at least nine members of the ALAC cast a vote according to procedures adopted by the Committee. These decisions shall be subject to review according to procedures established by the Board.
Resolved [05.97], the ICANN Board directs staff to post for public comment the ALAC-proposed ICANN ByLaws changes to Article XI, Section 2, paragraph 4(i). Following the public comment period the ICANN Board will consider the public comments and determine whether the relevant ICANN Bylaws provisions should be modified.
The Board approved the resolutions by a unanimous vote 13-0 of those present. Hualin Qian and Njeri Rionge were not on the call at the time of the vote.