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Re: [opensuse-project] Revising the Board election rules
  • From: Andreas Jaeger <aj@xxxxxxxxxx>
  • Date: Thu, 2 Sep 2010 11:33:25 +0200
  • Message-id: <201009021133.25848.aj@xxxxxxxxxx>
Thanks a lot for many commends, I've incorporated most of them in the version
appended below. I have two rules where JDD suggested alternatives and would
like your feedback on which ones to choose. I prefer the first version (and
enhanced them from the initial proposal) to keep the board functional and have
an easy process.

This time I'm appending only the rules together with the existing ones.

I'll reply to this email highlighting the changes from the previous version,

Complete rules

Existing rules:
* Only openSUSE members may run for the Board and vote, each
member having one ballot that has one vote per seat to be
* The election is run by an Election Committee that consists of at
least three openSUSE members.
* None of the Election Committee can run for or be elected as an
openSUSE board member.
* The openSUSE board election period is two years and every year
approximately half of the board will be elected. So, the people
getting elected this time are elected for two years. The other
members stand for re-election next year and get a 2 year period
as well.
The chairman, nominated by Novell is changed only and when
Novell wants so.

* In case of resignations or removals, the election period should
be adjusted so that the next year again at least two people get
elected. The elected seats with the most votes would then get
elected for two years, those with the lowest votes for only one

* openSUSE board members can serve for up to two consecutive
election periods. After that they must stand down for at least
one year, but may be run again after the one year break.
* All candidates will publish their manifesto on the Wiki, and are
strongly encouraged to blog on why they should be elected.

New rules:

* Appointment: In case that board seats will get appointed, they get
appointend by the board. Appointed seats are only appointed until
the next election.
A Novell employee has to be replaced by a Novell employee, and the
same applies to community member.

* Appointment: The Running board is allowed to appoint one new member
and one only in the following situations: Resignation of a member or
removal of a member. If an appointed member quits, he can be
replaced by the board. If a second elected member quits, a new
election have to be organised.

* Resignation: Any member can resignate at will, but then he will not
be allowed to be a candidate for the next election.

* Nominations: The election committee will take self-nominations,
nominations by others and can nominate people for election. The
election committee will contact the nominated people and ask them
whether they stand for election.

* Insufficient Nominations: If there are fewer nominees for elected
Board seats than required to fill all seats, than the board will
appoint these remaining seats.

* Equal number of candidates of seats: If there is an equal number of
candidates and seats, voting occurs as normal but each candidate
needs to have more than 50 per cent yes votes. In case that seats do
not get elected, the board will appoint them.

* Extra time for candidate search: In the event of not more candidates
than seats, the voting period will be delayed by two weeks. A
public message will be send out to ask again for candidates and
remind the openSUSE members about the alternatives.

* Resigning: If a board member resigns, the board should appoint a new
board member.

* Removal: In the event of repeated absence without contact, or other
serious misconduct or negligence, a Board member may be subject to
removal. Before any other process occurs, the Board member in
question will be personally contacted by the chairperson to try to
resolve the situation. If this contact does not successfully resolve
the situation, the Board member in question may be removed by
unanimous vote of the other members of the Board. The board should
appoint a new board member.

Repeated absence is defined as missing three consecutive board
meetings without sending regrets.

* Novell employement: Novell employment have to be valid at the vote
date. Any change will not have an effect on the board membership
situation. In the next election the distribution of seats gets fixed

* Constitution: A new board term should start on the first of January,
the elections should be finished 14 days before. In the case of
delays, the new board will start 7 days after the election results
are published.

* Tie: In the event of a tie for the final slot on the board, the
election committee will schedule run-off elections as soon as
possible to resolve the tie.

* Amendment: Changes by the election rules can be done by vote of the
board where 2/3s approve including the chairperson.

Andreas Jaeger, Program Manager openSUSE, aj@{,}
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