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Check your certificate and its validity. Clear the cache of your browser and try again. If it does not work still, but your certificate is valid, please contact with all the details and someone from our system team will help you. You might be using an unsupported browser.

Generally you need to allow about 60 minutes between a validation of a certificate request and the reception of the related mail. If after 60 minutes you have not received the details, please:

  1. check your spam mailbox
  2. check that the e-mail address associated with the NIC-HANDLE is valid.

If all the above are all positive, please contact

Unfortunately only the Administrative contact can approve a BPKI certificate.

Unfortunately you cannot vote until you re-download your proxy form from MyAFRINIC

There is an integrated process to allow anyone who casts a vote to verify the validity of your encrypted vote. 

Each election has a designated set of Trustees. For Board election, the Trustees comprise the Chair of the NomCom, the Chair of the Election committee, and AFRINIC legal counsel. 

You will need a valid ID to collect your Ballot. The ID is checked against the name registered in MyAFRINIC as Organisation contact or Proxy Holder. You will not be able to collect your ballot without a valid ID.

When you cast a vote, you will receive a unique ballot tracker number, which represents and identifies your encrypted vote in the database. 

For utilisation to appear in myAFRINIC, you must register the IP addresses in use in the database. You may do this via as follows:

  • Log into
  • Go to Resources -> IPv4 Resources
  • Click on "+" to expand on the target allocation
  • Click "Add Assignment"

You need to repeat the above process for all assignments that will be registered.

Each of the addresses ranges falling in any of the categories below constitute a separate assignment:

  • An end-site or customer with 4 or more IP addresses.
  • A subnet for your own network infrastructure
  • Any range from which IPs are dynamically assigned

The minimum sub-allocation size is /24, any range less than that should be registered as  an assignment (status is ASSIGNED PA)

An assignment with status Assigned PA is an inetnum object created by LIR to register the IP addresses that have given to specific customer or service. These IP addresses are only used by the customer or service and can't be further distributed to another customers. The minimum IP addresses per assignment PA is /30.

Both assignments and sub-allocations are objects created by LIR to indicate that specific IP range has been assigned to a customer. If the customer intends to further distribute the IP addresses to his own client then, the IP range should be registered as sub-allocation. If the customer will solely use the IP addresses for his own infrastructure then, the IP range should be registered as assignment.

AFRINIC members are encouraged to maintain the assignments to its customers. In case of sub-allocations, the request is redirected to the AFRINIC hostmasters for evaluation (Sub-allocation window of members = 0)

AFRINIC hostmasters will proceed to create the sub-allocation object as long as the member's  account is in good standing.

Yes, the assignments made out of a sub-allocated PA address space can be registered in the AFRINIC whois database using WHOIS e-mail update method. This functionality is not yet available from the myafrinic member portal.

The LIR member shall ensure that a maintainer is created for its customer & attached to the inetnum (SUB-ALLOCATED PA) to allow for the assignments to be registered.