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Debian Project Leader Elections 2007: Third call for nominations


        We are two weeks and part of a day into the nomination period
 for candidates for the position of the Debian Project Leader.

        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.

        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.  I have already received on platform from a DPL
 candidate, and I applaud their prompt effort.

        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 and David Nusinow have
 volunteered to head this effort.  I would like to invite people to
 help them with this effort. Please see:
 for the solicitation for volunteers and the format of the debate.
 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).

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



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