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Re: [ga] So far, 28 poll answers logged

Roberto and all,

Roberto Gaetano wrote:

> Kent,
> You wrote:
> >
> >Good point.  The votebot is really intended for formal votes, and for
> >that reason it may never be appropriate for the GA, since according to
> >the bylaws the GA is not a decision making body.
> >
> I disagree.
> We have to distinguish between the fact of conducting a vote and how
> binding the result of the vote will be for "third parties".
> Even if the Bylaws do not assign formal decisional power to the GA, we
> cannot assume that there will never be a "delegated" power to the GA for
>  decision making and/or that the "decisions" of the GA will not have a
> political impact on the NC and/or other decisional instances of ICANN.

  You can't reasonably guarantee what you suggest here and adhere to the
ICANN Bylaws as well as the White Paper or the MoU as you suggest
here Roberto.

> To be clear, under the current circumstances, a handful of people
> expressing an opinion on a subject could hardly be seen as an event that
>  can affect ICANN decisions in any way, so I agree with you in this case
> , the voting procedure is a red herring.
> OTOH, should the GA have a membership of the order of the thousands
> (just an example), it would be irresponsible not to have peocedures that
>  ensure proper voting because even a simple opinion poll may have heavy
> political ripercussions.

  All polls have repercussions of one variance or another, this is a
fact that must be understood and lived with, pro or con towards the wishes
of ICANN or the ICANN Board.  It is true that there should be clear,
open and democratic voting procedures in place.  That is a given.  There
also be oversight by a neutral third party for those procedures and redress
procedures as part of those voting procedures should the outcome be

> >
> >The votebot will show current results any time you send it a tally
> >command.  I also added a web template that will show the current state
> >of the vote a while back.
> >
> In this case, I stand corrected.
> >[...]
> Regards
> Roberto


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