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Debian Project Leader Elections

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Hi folks,

	We are well into the final week of he nomination period for
 candidates for the position of the Debian Project Leader.

Time Line:
 Nomination  period: Feb 7th  00:00:01 UTC -- Feb 28th 00:00:00 UTC
 Campaigning period: Feb 28th 00:00:01 UTC -- Mar 20th 00:00:00 UTC
      Voting period: Mar 20th 00:00:01 UTC -- Apr 10th 00:00:00 UTC

        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.

        Please make sure that nominations are sent to (or cc:'d to)
 debian-vote, and are cryptographically signed.

        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
 publication date.

        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:
  a) Introduction/Biography
  b) Major Goal/ Meat of the platform,
  c) Rebuttal. 

        After the publication, there share be a one week period for
 each candidate to create a rebuttal, and the rebuttals shall be
 published on Mar 7th, 2004. 

       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.

        Speaking of the debate, I would like to invite people to be
 panelists for the IRC debate (to be held on dpl2004.oftc.net). The
 debate should be held on IRC after the rebuttals are posted, and
 before the voting starts, at the convenience of the candidates, and
 the panelists (which kinda puts it roughly at the end of February, I

	David B. Harris has kindly agreed to chair the debate
 (#debian-dpl-debate shall be moderated, #debian-dpl-discuss won't
 be).  Please contact him directly if you wish to serve on the panel,
 from this point on he is the person in charge of the DPL debate.


- -- 
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