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Chapter IV - Assemblies

ARTICLE 12:

The General Assembly, acting in concordance with the bylaws, is the sovereign organ of the institution. It is made up of all members of the institution who are entitled to participate in it, and will take any decisions of interest to the membership, adjusting to the bylaws and any legal and regulatory norms which may be applicable.

ARTICLE 13:

There shall be two types of General Member Assemblies: Ordinary and Extraordinary. Ordinary Member Assemblies shall be held once a year, within the first six months following the closing of the fiscal year, the date for which has been set as 31st December. These Assemblies shall:

  • 1. Consider, approve or modify the annual report, general balance sheet, inventory, expense and income account, and the report presented by the Fiscal Commission;
  • 2. Establish membership fees and determine procedures for their update when necessary. These procedures shall be implemented by the Board of Directors, including payment deadlines, the transitional regime in case of modifications to membership fees, as well as discounts, benefits, rebates, fines in case of failure to pay such membership fees, and financing of membership fees;
  • 3. Consider any other matters included in the agenda, provided they are within the competence of the Ordinary Member Assembly; and
  • 4. Consider any matter proposed by no less than 20% of members and submitted to the Board of Directors within thirty days of the closing of the fiscal year.

All other matters, including modifications to the Bylaws, shall be addressed during General Extraordinary Assemblies. 

*Article modified at the Member Assemblies held on 24 April 2003, 29 May2008, 6 May 2014, 3 May 2016 and 23 May 2017.

ARTICLE 14:

Extraordinary Member Assemblies will be summoned whenever the Board deems it necessary or when the Fiscal Commission, the Electoral Committee or 20% of voting members submit a request to the Board. These requests must be processed within a term of 10 days and the Assembly must be held within 45 days thereafter. If a request is rejected or dismissed, the reasons for such rejection or dismissal must be submitted to the Assembly in writing. If 20% of voting members decide to persist in their request, they may submit such request to the Fiscal Commission under the same terms and following identical procedure, in which case the Fiscal Commission shall summon the Extraordinary Assembly.

* Article modified at the Member Assemblies held on 29 March 2004 and 3 May 2016.

ARTICLE 15:

Member Assemblies shall be summoned by means of circulars sent to members' postal or e-mail addresses thirty days in advance. The Annual Report, General Balance Sheet, Inventory, Expense and Income Account, Fiscal Commission Report and any other documents to be considered under agenda items shall be submitted to members fifteen days in advance for their consideration. When modifications to the Bylaws or regulations are submitted for the consideration of the Assembly, such proposed modifications must also be submitted to members fifteen days in advance. Assemblies may not consider matters other than those expressly included in the agenda, unless full membership is present and the inclusion of the matter is approved by unanimous vote.

* Article modified at the Member Assemblies held on 24 April 2003, 29 May 2008 and 3 May 2016.

ARTICLE 16:

The Assemblies will be held validly, even in those cases of bylaw modifications and membership dissolution, no matter how many members are present, half an hour after the time established by the convocation, providing an absolute majority with voting rights were not already present, They will be presided over by the President of the entity, or, failing that, by whom the Assembly designate through simple majority of votes cast. Whoever is acting as President will have a decisive vote in the case of a tie.

ARTICLE 17:

Resolutions shall be adopted by absolute majority of cast votes, except in those cases where these Bylaws require 2/3 of cast votes and those where these Bylaws expressly refer to other majorities. Members of the Board of Directors and of the Fiscal Commission may not vote on matters relating to their administration. Members who join the Assembly after it has begun may only vote on those matters which have not yet been decided. Decisions affecting the requirements and conditions for the membership categories established in Article 6 must be approved by the absolute majority of Active Members present. These requirements complement those specifically established for reforming the Bylaws.

* Article modified at the Member Assemblies held on 24 April 2003, 29 May 2008 and 3 May 2016.

ARTICLE 18:

With the anticipation foreseen in article 15, the list of members with voting rights will be exhibited to all members, who may present any claims up to 5 days prior to the act, and which must be resolved within the following 2 days. Those members whom, although they may be behind in their membership quota payments, and who have not lost their member status, will not be excluded from this list, although they may be prevented from participating in the Assembly if they have not made their due payments prior to the date of the Assembly.

ARTICLE 19:

Assembly discussions shall be conducted in the spirit of constantly seeking consensual agreement.

In case voting becomes necessary, Founding Members shall be entitled to one vote; Active "A" Members shall be entitled to 1 to 11 votes, depending on the address space they have been assigned, such that those administrating the largest number of IP addresses shall have the highest number of votes.

This classification shall be made according to the following criteria:

  • LEVEL 1: Active A Members who administrate IPv4 addresses equivalent to a block smaller than a /22 that is part of the address space assigned to Latin America and the Caribbean and managed by LACNIC shall be entitled to one vote.?o LEVEL 2: Active A Members who administrate IPv4 addresses equivalent to a block equal to or larger than a /22 and smaller than a /20 of the address space assigned to Latin America and the Caribbean and managed by LACNIC shall be entitled to two votes.
  • LEVEL 3: Active A Members who (i) administrate IPv4 addresses equivalent to a block equal to or larger than a /20 and smaller than a /18 of the address space assigned to Latin America and the Caribbean and managed by LACNIC, or (ii) administrate IPv6 addresses equivalent to a block equal to or smaller than a /32 of the address space assigned to Latin America and the Caribbean and managed by LACNIC, shall be entitled to three votes.
  • LEVEL 4: Active A Members who (i) administrate IPv4 addresses equivalent to a block equal to or larger than a /18 and smaller than a /16 of the address space assigned to Latin America and the Caribbean and managed by LACNIC, or (ii) administrate IPv6 addresses equivalent to a block larger than a /32 and
  • smaller than a /30 of the address space assigned to Latin America and the Caribbean and managed by LACNIC, shall be entitled to four votes.?o LEVEL 5: Active A Members who (i) administrate IPv4 addresses equivalent to a block equal to or larger than a /16 and smaller than a /14 of the address space assigned to Latin America and the Caribbean and managed by LACNIC, or (ii) administrate IPv6 addresses equivalent to a block equal to or larger than a /30 and smaller than a /28 of the address space assigned to Latin America and the Caribbean and managed by LACNIC, shall be entitled to five votes.
  • LEVEL 6: Active A Members who (i) administrate IPv4 addresses equivalent to a block equal to or larger than a /14 and smaller than a /12 of the address space assigned to Latin America and the Caribbean and managed by LACNIC, or (ii) administrate IPv6 addresses equivalent to a block equal to or larger than a /28 and smaller than a /26 of the address space assigned to Latin America and the Caribbean and managed by LACNIC, shall be entitled to six votes.
  • LEVEL 7: Active A Members who (i) administrate IPv4 addresses equivalent to a block equal to or larger than a /12 and smaller than a /10 of the address space assigned to Latin America and the Caribbean and managed by LACNIC, or (ii) administrate IPv6 addresses equivalent to a block equal to or larger than a /26 and smaller than a /24 of the address space assigned to Latin America and the Caribbean and managed by LACNIC, shall be entitled to seven votes.
  • LEVEL 8: Active A Members who (i) administrate IPv4 addresses equivalent to a block equal to or larger than a /10 and smaller than a /9 of the address space assigned to Latin America and the Caribbean and managed by LACNIC, or (ii) administrate IPv6 addresses equivalent to a block equal to or larger than a /24 and smaller than a /22 of the address space assigned to Latin America and the Caribbean and managed by LACNIC, shall be entitled to eight votes.
  • LEVEL 9: Active A Members who (i) administrate IPv4 addresses equivalent to a block equal to or larger than a /9 and smaller than a /8 of the address space assigned to Latin America and the Caribbean and managed by LACNIC, or (ii) administrate IPv6 addresses equivalent to a block equal to or larger than a /22 and smaller than a /20 of the address space assigned to Latin America and the Caribbean and managed by LACNIC, shall be entitled to nine votes.
  • LEVEL 10: Active A Members who (i) administrate IPv4 addresses equivalent to a block equal to or larger than a /8 and smaller than a /7 of the address space assigned to Latin America and the Caribbean and managed by LACNIC, or (ii) administrate IPv6 addresses equivalent to a block equal to or larger than a /20 and smaller than a /19 of the address space assigned to Latin America and the Caribbean and managed by LACNIC, shall be entitled to ten votes.
  • LEVEL 11: Active A Members who (i) administrate IPv4 addresses equivalent to a block equal to or larger than a /7 of the address space assigned to Latin America and the Caribbean and managed by LACNIC, or (ii) administrate IPv6 addresses equivalent to a block equal to or smaller than a /19 of the address space assigned to Latin America and the Caribbean and managed by LACNIC, shall be entitled to eleven votes.

Whenever technical advances require the use of new criteria or new terminology for assigning IP address space, the Board of Directors, through the special majority set forth in article 23, shall be responsible for establishing the equivalences between the new address blocks and the levels herein established, without modifying the spirit of assigning more votes to those members who administrate administering larger address spaces.

The votes of members that qualify for more than one category shall not be cumulative; these members shall be entitled to the number of votes corresponding to the category with the highest number of votes.

* Article modified at the Member Assemblies heldon 24 April 2003, 31 March 2004, 3 May 2016 e 23 May 2017.

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