Debian Project Leader Elections
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[Since posting to debian-devel-announce is temporarily
disabled, I am posting this message here to reach wider
According to the constitution (5.2. Appointment), project
leader elections should begin "nine weeks before the leadership post
becomes vacant, or (if it is too late already) immediately."
In 2001, pre-ballots were issued on 7 Mar 2001, with the
real ballot going out on march the 8th. The end of the voting period
was on the 28 of March, 2001; and the results were announced on March
29. Last year we started a couple of weeks late: the nomination
period started on 2002/02/06, and ended on 2002/02/27; voting started
on the 21st of March, 2002, and ended on the 10th of April.
The Nomination period this year starts today, 2003/01/24, and
shall end on 2003/02/14 0:0:0 UTC. Voting shall start on March 7th
(2003/03/07 0:0:0 UTC), and shall end on 2003/03/28 0:0:0 UTC.
I see no reason why this should hold up other votes on issues
under consideration, so we can vote on the voting process while the
DPL election process is underway.
Prospective leaders should be familiar with the constitution,
but, just to review: there's a three week period when interested
developers nominate themselves, followed by a three week period with
no nominations [intended for campaigning], followed by three weeks
for the election itself.
I intend to collect platform statements from the candidates,
and publish them on a known location (somewhere under
www.debian.org/vote) at the end of the nomination period and the
beginning of the campaign.
I suggest that the candidates send the platform, preferably in
HTML/SGML, to the secretary at least a couple of days before the
This should give the candidates enough time to craft their
platforms, I should think. The format of the web page is open to
discussion, but I suggest there be at least three sections:
b) Major Goal/ Meat of the platform,
After the publication, there share be a one week period for
each candidate to create a rebuttal, and the rebuttals shall be
published on 2003/02/21..
In the past, we have conducted DPL debates on a special IRC
channel set up for the purpose. Perhaps we should set up one this
year as well. The time to do so would be after the rebuttals have
been posted by the candidates, and the campaigns have been well
established, and people have had time to think up questions.
Please make sure that nominations are sent to (or cc:'d to)
debian-vote, and are cryptographically signed.
A lack of leadership is no substitute for inaction.
Manoj Srivastava <firstname.lastname@example.org> <http://www.debian.org/%7Esrivasta/>
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