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Debian Project Leader Elections 2007: Call for nominations



Hi,

        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."

        The new project leader term starts on April 17th, and that
 sets the time line:
 Nomination period:  Feb 4th  00:00:01 UTC -- Feb 25th 00:00:00 UTC
 Campaigning period: Feb 25th 00:00:01 UTC -- Mar 18th 00:00:00 UTC
   Voting period:    Mar 18th 00:00:01 UTC -- Apr  8th 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.

        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
 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 4th, 2007.

       In the past, we have conducted DPL debates on a special IRC
 channel set up for the purpose. Don Armstrong has volunteered to head
 this effort.  I would like to invite people to help him with this
 effort.  The debate should be held on IRC, and 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, and before the voting starts, at the convenience
 of the candidates, and the panelists (which kinda puts it roughly in
 the nones or the ides of March, I think).

        I would like to hand off the actual selection of other
 panelists (who may or may not be debian developers) and running the
 debate to the chair, Don Armstrong, (to minimize any hint of
 collusion with current office holders, including me).  I hereby
 invite volunteers for the debate chair and panelists; these
 volunteers shall be responsible for setting the rules for the debate
 and selecting the questions for the candidates.

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

        Thanks,

        manoj

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