The Bylaws of ICANN request that once a year the DNSO elects its member of the ICANN Board and set forth some additional conditions related to eligibility and geographic diversity. The DNSO shall publish its election results at least two weeks prior to 1 October and no later that 16 September.
During its Yokohama meeting the NC confirmed that the DNSO Secretariat is in charge of elections to the ICANN Board and will announce results. The DNSO Secretariat keeps votes secret untill the end of election period, and no later that 1st October, and then make all records public.
On 14 July 2000 the Names Council has resolved that the elections for the ICANN Board member in 2000 will take place in August and September 2000. The Names Council has resolved to use the same procedures for nomination, acceptance of nomination and endorsement as the ones used for the the election of the Chair to the GA.
On 29 July 2000 the Secretariat published the election procedures and timeline adapted to 2000 conditions.
On 30 July 2000 the Secretariat send a call for nominations for the ICANN Board position http://www.dnso.org/clubpublic/ga/Arc05/msg00223.html
On 21 August 2000 the list of five nominees who accepted their nomination for the ICANN Board position was published, and call for endorsement sent http://www.dnso.org/clubpublic/ga/Arc05/msg00327.html.
On 11 September 2000 the list of four candidates as well as the URLs of 256 supporters were transmitted to the Names Council for consideration.
On 11 September 2000 the Names Council was informed that since 5 September the e-mail address of Registrar's Constituency delegate, Erica Roberts at MelbourneIT, was unavailable http://www.dnso.org/clubpublic/council/Arc04/msg00160.html.
After the unsuccesfull e-mail to the contact in charge of .com.au, the Secretariat requested help from the ccTLD Manager for .au, Robert Elz, who succeed to contact MelbourneIT by phone. The Registrar's NC representatives has been kept informed of the problem, the ICANN staff consulted on legal aspects. During the NC voting teleconference on 14 September, the emergency situation was addressed taking into account Registrar's Constituency Bylaws, as provided by Michael Palage, Registrar's Secretary http://www.dnso.org/clubpublic/council/Arc04/msg00182.html. All NC members present unanimously accepted that in this exceptional unforeseen incommunicado situation the Registrar's third vote be ensured by proxy, and executed by Paul Kane. The procedures for proxy votes will be developped by the Names Council as soon as possible.
On 15 September Bruce Tonkin, Chief Technology Officer at MelbourneIT, provided contact information for Erica Roberts http://www.dnso.org/clubpublic/council/Arc04/msg00195.html. Erica contacted the NC and the Secretariat later the same day http://www.dnso.org/clubpublic/council/Arc04/msg00198.html.
On 7 September 2000 the Names Council was reminded with the voting procedures http://www.dnso.org/clubpublic/council/Arc04/msg00150.html.
On 11 September 2000 the Names Council's vote started.
Simultaneously the public archiving of the firstname.lastname@example.org list was temporarily stoped.
On 15 September 2000 the Names Council ratified the vote result, and the Secretariat send a notification to the ICANN Board http://www.dnso.org/clubpublic/council/Arc04/msg00201.html as well as to the DNSO http://www.dnso.org/clubpublic/ga/Arc05/msg00684.html
Jonathan Cohen was selected for 3 years term at the ICANN Board.
On 1 October 2000 the Secretariat published the full record of votes (who voted for whom) and the archives of email@example.com has been re-open.
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