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Constitutional amendment: reduce the length of DPL election process

Oh, that reminds me.

I propose we change section 5.2 of the constitution concerning appointment
of the Project Leader to reduce the nomination period to a week, and the
voting period to two weeks. In wdiff format:

  5.2. Appointment

    1. The Project Leader is elected by the Developers.
    2. The election begins [-nine-] {+six+} weeks before the leadership
       post becomes vacant, or (if it is too late already) immediately.
    3. For the [-following three weeks-] {+first week+} any Developer
       may nominate themselves as a candidate Project [-Leader.-]
       {+Leader, and summarise their plans for their term.+}
    4. For three weeks after that no more candidates may be nominated;
       candidates should use this time for campaigning [-(to make their
       identities-] and [-positions known).-] {+discussion.+} If there
       are no candidates at the end of the nomination period then the
       nomination period is extended for [-three further weeks,-] {+an
       additional week,+} repeatedly if necessary.
    5. The next [-three-] {+two+} weeks are the polling period during
       which Developers may cast their votes. Votes in leadership
       elections are kept secret, even after the election is finished.
    6. The options on the ballot will be those candidates who have
       nominated themselves and have not yet withdrawn, plus None Of The
       Above. If None Of The Above wins the election then the election
       procedure is repeated, many times if necessary.
    7. The decision will be made using the method specified in section
       A.6 of the Standard Resolution Procedure. The quorum is the same
       as for a General Resolution (4.2) and the default option is "None
       Of The Above".
    8. The Project Leader serves for one year from their election.

Nominations this year were:

	1st week (4th-10th):
	     Gustavo Franco (5th)
	     Wouter Verhelst (6th)
	     Sven Luther (6th)
	     Aigars Mahinovs (9th)
	2nd week (11th-17th): 
	     Sam Hocevar (14th)
	3rd week (18th-24th):
	     Steve McIntyre (19th)
	     Raphael Hertzog (20th)
	     Anthony Towns (23rd)
	     Simon Richter (23rd)

Nominations in 2006 were:

	1st week (5th - 11th)
	    Lars Wirzenius (10th - withdrawn on the 23rd)
	2nd week (12th - 18th)
	    Ari Pollak (18th)
	3rd week (19th - 26th)
	    Jeroen van Wolffelaar (19th)
	    Steve McIntyre (20th)
	    Anthony Towns (23rd)
	    Andreas Schuldei (23rd)
	    Ted Walther (25th)
	    Bill Allombert (26th)

Nominations in 2005 were:

	1st week (7th - 13th)
	    Matthew Garrett (7th)
	    Andreas Schuldei (7th)
	2nd week (14th - 20th)
	3rd week (21st - 27th)
	    Angus Lees (24th)
	    Anthony Towns (25th)
	    Jonathan Walther (26th)
	    Branden Robinson (27th)

That seems to imply people nominate either more or less as soon as
nominations open, or a few days before they close (or, in Sam's case,
when the date's convenient for a bit of fun); so reducing it from three
weeks to one seems pretty feasible.

Likewise, all our other votes have only needed two weeks (or less in
the case of the recall votes) to resolve, so having an extra week for
DPL elections seems unnecessary.

Reducing the DPL election period from 17% of the year to 11% seems like
a win to me. YMMV.


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