[maemo-community] Maemo Elections - September 2011

From: Sunny B sunnyb7532 at gmail.com
Date: Thu Aug 18 17:09:28 EEST 2011
It's been six months which have flown by, but the current Maemo Community
Council's term is coming to an end and it's time for the next election.

The next election's voting will run from [B]Thursday, 22nd September to
Wednesday, 28th September[/B].

[B]What will be decided[/B]

COUNCIL MEMBERS - The council is a body of volunteers taken from the Maemo
community that acts as a focal point for the community.  Historically,
Council's role has been limited to representing developers on, and users of,
maemo.org to Nokia (and vice versa). Examples of council activity can be
found on the [URL="http://wiki.maemo.org/Community_Council"]Council
homepage[/URL] or in the
However, the governance referendum in this election may change the role of

GOVERNANCE REFERENDUM - Due to Nokia's announcement that it will stop
funding for maemo.org in 2012, there will be a referendum and a vote to
determine the future of maemo.org.  There will be an opportunity to vote in
favor of updating the role of Council so that it can organize a form of
governance for the community OR in favor of winding down maemo.org when the
funding stops (thus making new form of governance unnecessary).  There have
been several related discussions on the forum:

[URL="http://talk.maemo.org/showthread.php?t=74790"]Council Update July
[URL="http://talk.maemo.org/showthread.php?t=75690"]A modest proposal for a
[URL="http://talk.maemo.org/showthread.php?t=75782"]The End is Coming[/URL]

[B]What's next?[/B]

Community members should carefully consider the governance referendum at
this time.  It must be debated for a minimum of one month prior to the
election, and therefore the referendum will not be changed after [B] Monday,
22nd August 2011[/B]

Community members should be considering whether they want to stand for
Council.  Anyone who has karma of over 100 is eligible to stand, including
employees and sub-contractors of Nokia.  When nominations open, you can
nominate someone via an email to [URL="
(which they must reply to to accept) or you can put your own hat into the
ring by emailing the same list. A further announcement will be made when
nominations open, with more information.

The election timescale (all times UTC) is:

[B]Nominations open: [/B] 00:00, Thursday, 1st September 2011
[B]Nominations close: [/B] 23:59, Wednesday, 15th September 2011
[B]Voting opens: [/B] 00:00, Thursday, 22nd September 2010
[B]Voting closes: [/B] 23:59, Wednesday, 28th September 2010

[B]How does the vote work?[/B]

Each member of maemo.org, who has an account that is more than 3 months old
and who has earned over 10 "karma" points on that account, gets an
electronic ballot.  The [URL="
http://wiki.maemo.org/Community_Council/Election_process"]election[/URL] is
a "single transferrable vote". They rank their Council candidates in order
of preference; if their top candidate cannot get elected with the votes they
receive, the votes are redistributed until all five seats have been
allocated.  The governance referendum vote will be taken at the same time as
the Council vote.
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