Nominet was expected to announce the nominations for the PAB election this afternoon. What we got instead took me by surprise.
Since there were only three nominations put forward by the deadline all three get appointed without any election, leaving one free seat on the PAB.
In other words, there won’t be a PAB election this year.
Considering how vocal some Nominet members were in the weeks prior to the PAB elections this turn of events took me quite by surprise. Several Nominet members had indicated that they were planning to run, but obviously decided against it.
Here is the official announcement that was sent out this afternoon:
On January 29, we issued a call for nominations for the election of four candidates to our Policy Advisory Body (PAB).
By the closing date for nominations on 17 February, we received three nominations. The following three candidates will therefore automatically be appointed / re-appointed to the PAB on May 1 without the need for an election:
– James Conaghan
– Mark Healey
– Michael Toth
We thank them for standing and for taking the time to supply the necessary documentation to go with their nominations, which we are posting here for information. http://www.nominet.org.uk/policy/pab/election/
There is currently one vacant place on the PAB, and we will be consulting with the PAB for suggestions as to how they wish to deal with this situation. If you wish to provide PAB members with any comments then please email them at email@example.com
Congratulations to all three!
In totally unrelated news, someone is auctioning off one of Jim Davies’ Nominet business cards for charity on ebay!
(Disclosure – as you will see from the official document I seconded two of the nominations)