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Debian Project Leader Elections


        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."

	This year we are reverting to the timetable from 2002, since
 the DPL and DPL elect last year decided to start the new term on
 April 17th, we'll shoot for the same date this year. 

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

        I see no reason why this should hold up other votes on issues
 under consideration, so we can vote on other issues 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
 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.

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



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Manoj Srivastava   <secretary@debian.org>  <http://www.debian.org/vote/>
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