Independent Vote Count
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Moshe Zadka <email@example.com> writes:
> Dear Debian Project Leader,
> As one of the candidates in the DPL elections, I feel that some remarks
> made by the secretary in #debian-devel have caused me to be unable to
> trust his integrity. I do not feel I can trust his words about the voting
> tallies for the upcoming elections. I wish that an independent Debian
> Developer be appointed for calculating the tallies himself. The other
> developer should be a widely trusted developer in the Debian community.
> Thanks in advance for addressing my concerns,
> Moshe Zadka
> DPL Candidate, 2003 Elections
Moshe, as per our conversation on IRC earlier today, I am taking the following
actions as Project Leader in response to this request.
First, I have instructed Debian Project Secretary Manoj Srivastava to continue
his processing of the votes for the 2003 DPL election as if this challenge to
his integrity did not exist. If no discrepancy of note is found with the
results as he reports them, they will stand as the official results of the
election as they should.
Second, I have appointed Ryan Murray to produce an independent count of the
vote in this election. Ryan is well-known and trusted within the project,
serving in a number of significant roles. Among other things, as a member of
our admin team he should need no other help to access the files in question.
He has agreed to audit the scripts used to process raw votes, and then run
them himself shortly after voting closes on a copy of the mailbox containing
the raw votes, to independently determine the results of the election.
If the two counts result in different winners, then I will refer the matter
to the Technical Committee Chairman for resolution, on the basis of section
7.2 of our Constitution, which states in part that:
If there is no Project Secretary or the current Secretary is
unavailable and has not delegated authority for a decision then the
decision may be made or delegated by the Chairman of the Technical
Committee, as Acting Secretary.
I believe this balances your desire for an independent count of the votes,
with our constitutional requirement to keep DPL ballots secret, and my desire
to see this election concluded with as little delay as possible.
ps: to those of you reading this on debian-devel-announce who haven't voted
yet, you still have a few hours left! Details are available at:
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