APNIC EC election procedure

General principles

The Executive Council (EC) serves as the governing body of APNIC, as defined in the APNIC By-laws. The membership of this body is selected by election, conducted by secret ballot of the membership. This document describes the procedures to be followed for the conduct of these elections.

Nomination of candidates

Election candidates are to be nominated by an APNIC Member in good standing. Any individual may be nominated by an APNIC Member. All nominations are to be made via the online nomination form, and authorized by the Member’s Corporate Contacts

Each member of the EC is obliged to act in accordance with the APNIC By-laws and in accordance with relevant provisions of Australian Corporate Law as they apply to Board Members of an Australian Corporation. Accordingly, each candidate should be prepared, if elected to the EC, to serve as an individual, not as a representative of any other party, and as a member of the EC, must act at all times in the best interests of APNIC.

As part of the nomination process, the APNIC Secretariat will email each nominee informing them of their nomination as a candidate, accompanied by an information package detailing the role of EC members and their responsibilities and liabilities in undertaking this role. Each nominee is requested to confirm their willingness to act in accordance with these provisions by return email, as confirmation of their nomination and their willingness to serve as an EC member, if elected.

At the end of the nomination period, if the number of confirmed nominees is equal to or less than the number of seats to be filled at the EC election, then no election will be held, and the candidates will be declared elected at the Annual General Meeting (AGM).

Any role vacancies in the EC (Chair, Treasurer, Secretary) will be filled by appointments by EC members in a regular meeting of the EC following the AGM.

EC election timetable

Each year the APNIC Secretariat will publish a timetable for the election no less than nine weeks before the AGM.

The nominations period opens approximately eight weeks before the AGM and closes approximately two weeks before the AGM. All nominated candidates must confirm their nomination by the close of the nominations period.

Member online voting commences a minimum of 10 working days before the AGM, and closes before the start of the afternoon session of the AGM.
Acceptance of proxy appointments commences 10 working days before the AGM and closes 48 hours before the opening of AGM.

The EC Election will be accessible through MyAPNIC to provide a seamless voting experience using the BigPulse voting interface. Online voting will be available to eligible Member’s contacts at any time 24×7 during the online voting period and Members can use any Internet-enabled computer or device to vote online.

APNIC Members can appoint their proxies to vote on their behalf online; APNIC will verify proxy voters at the AGM and provide instructions on how to vote online.

The dates and times that govern the APNIC election process are measured backward from the close of voting on the election day. The election day is the day of the AGM at the APNIC conference where the election is being held.

  • Nominations open approximately 8 weeks before AGM day
  • Nominations close approximately 2 weeks before AGM day
  • Member online voting and proxy appointment open approximately 10 working days before AGM day
  • Proxy appointment closes at least 48 hours before the start of the AGM
  • Member online voting closes before the start of the afternoon session of the AGM
  • Proxy online voting takes place in the morning of the AGM

The published timetable shall be authoritative for the EC election held in that year.

Voting entitlement

Only APNIC Members may vote in the EC elections.

Voting entitlements are available to individuals who are Corporate Contacts, or authorized contacts with voting rights given by the Corporate Contact.

For more information about voting, please refer to the EC voting FAQs.

APNIC Members are entitled to a number of votes according to their Membership Tier:

Membership TierIPv4 prefixIPv6 prefixVotes
AssociateNoneNone1
Very SmallUp to and including /22Up to and including /352
Small>/22, up to and including /19>/35, up to and including /324
Medium>/19, up to and including /16>/32, up to and including /298
Large>/16, up to and including /13>/29, up to and including /2616
Very Large>/13, up to and including /10>/26, up to and including /2332
Extra Large>/10>/2364

Voting

Member online voting

Member online voting is available to APNIC Members via MyAPNIC.
Voting entitlements are only available to individuals who are:

  • Corporate Contacts, or
  • Authorized Contacts with voting rights given by the Corporate Contact

For more information about voting, please refer to the EC voting FAQs .

Proxy appointment

Corporate Contacts may appoint a proxy to vote on their behalf. The proxy holder need not be from the Member organization but must be registered to attend the AGM in person. If a proxy is appointed, the Member will lose the right to vote directly for the election.

Read assigning a proxy

Proxy online voting

Proxy online voting takes place during the APNIC AGM. APNIC will verify proxy voters on site and provide instructions on how to vote online at the Voting desk.

On-site voting logistics

The Voting desk is set up outside the AGM conference room.
Any enquiries regarding Member online and proxy online voting should be directed to the Election Officers, who are available at the Voting desk.

Election Chair

The APNIC EC appoints the Election Chair. The Chair’s responsibilities are to:

  • Oversee the election process
  • Appoint the Election Scrutineers
  • Declare the election results
  • Resolve disputes

Election Officers

The APNIC EC appoints Election Officers from the APNIC Secretariat staff. Their responsibilities are to:

  • Administer the call for nominations
  • Manage the voting processes
  • Retrieve the online voting reports
  • Report the results to the Election Chair

Election Tellers

The APNIC EC also appoints the Election Tellers from the APNIC Secretariat staff. Their responsibilities are to:

  • Verify proxy voters on site
  • Provide instructions on how to vote online

Election Scrutineers

The Election Chair appoints the Election Scrutineers from the staff of other RIRs, ICANN, and ISOC who are present at this meeting. Election Scrutineers do not vote and must be independent of any APNIC Member or candidate. Their responsibilities are to:

  • Observe the Election Tellers in counting the votes
  • Notify the Election Chair in case any anomaly or issue is identified

Counting procedures

The Election Officers retrieve the online voting results in the presence of the Scrutineers.

Dispute resolution

Notice of dispute

Any complaint regarding the conduct of the election must be lodged in writing with the Election Chair at the Meeting. Such notices must be lodged no later than one hour before the scheduled time of the declaration of the election, as contained in the agenda of the meeting.

Members may lodge notices of a dispute through their authorized voting representatives. Candidates may lodge a notice of dispute directly with the Election Chair. No other party is entitled to lodge a notice of dispute.

Resolving disputes

The Election Chair will resolve the dispute at his or her discretion. The Election Chair will provide notice of all lodged disputes and the Election Chair’s decision at the declaration of the election.

Declaration of the election result

The Election Chair will announce the result of the election. This declaration will include:

  • The name and total vote count received by each candidate in the election
  • The number of valid and invalid ballots
  • Notice of any disputes and resolutions
  • Disclosure of any communication from the Election Scrutineers regarding the counting of the ballot papers