APNIC EC election 2020: Important changes to voting procedures

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The next APNIC Executive Council (EC) election will be held during February 2020, concluding at the Annual General Meeting (AGM) in Melbourne, Australia, on Friday, 21 February.

Two important changes are being made for this election:

  1. The election will be conducted using a new independent online voting system, BigPulse.
  2. The entire election process will be conducted by electronic means, and paper will no longer be used for proxy appointment forms or on-site ballot papers.

What will change?

Election process

APNIC Members will access the election via MyAPNIC as usual, but voting will be conducted on the BigPulse platform. This platform is entirely separate and independent from APNIC, and APNIC will not have access to data submitted in the voting process.

Online voting will be available for the duration of the voting period, from the opening of the election, two weeks before the AGM, to the close of voting during the meeting. Paper ballots will no longer be used for any part of the voting process.

The new voting system will no longer allow ‘splitting’ of votes. In accordance with the APNIC By-laws, Members will cast their entire quota of votes (between 1 and 64 votes), as a single ballot.

Proxy appointment and voting

APNIC Members will appoint proxies via MyAPNIC (in the usual way), and it will no longer be possible to appoint proxies using the previous paper-based system.

Individuals who are appointed as proxies will receive email notification of their appointment, and further detailed instructions on how to vote online from the Voting desk on the day of the AGM. Proxy votes will be cast online on the day of the election, as described above.

Election trial

For Members interested in previewing the new voting interface before the coming election, a trial election will be held in mid-January 2020. More details will be provided in due course. Members with any questions or problems can contact the APNIC Helpdesk.

For more information, please see the FAQ.

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