Resolution 2003-10-14.iwj.6, .3, .4, .5 - election

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From: Ian Jackson <ijackson(at)chiark(dot)greenend(dot)org(dot)uk>
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Subject: Resolution 2003-10-14.iwj.6, .3, .4, .5 - election
Date: 2003-10-14 19:15:09
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In this mail I incorporate Manoj's para 20 (here numbered 19) in:
* My preferred version of the election resolution, 2003-10-14.iwj.6.
* Some possible amendments on the substantive questions:
- two or three
- reinstate or not
- apologise or not

Resolution 2003-10-14.iwj.6


1. The Board memberships of Ian Jackson and Martin Schulze
have reached the end of their 3 year terms as directors and
Manoj Srivastava has resigned from his position as director and
the board now consists of only 7 members;

2. The membership of the board of directors must remain
between 8 and 12 in accordance with the constitution;

3. Software in the Public Interest Inc.'s by-laws require the
Board of directors to be accountable to the membership;


4. The Board of Directors calls an election of the contributing
membership for three seats on the board of directors.

5. The election shall be organized and overseen by the SPI board's
secretary or their designate.

6. The voting period shall begin as soon as possible but no earlier
than 21 days after this resolution is passed and no earlier than
14 days after the SPI Secretary announces the starting and
ending dates of the voting period. The voting period shall have
a duration of 14 days.

7. Candidates shall be SPI contributing members. Candidates must
declare their intention to run by submitting a position statement
to the SPI secretary by a date before the beginning of the
election and determined and publicly announced by the secretary;

8. The voters shall be SPI contributing members;

9. The voting shall take place on the Software in the Public
Interest web site using the Condorcet election method;

10. The results of the election will be verified and announced by
the SPI secretary as soon as possible.

11. The three most preferred candidates, as determined by the method
stated above, are hereby appointed to the board of directors of
Software in the Public Interest, Inc. 7 days after the SPI
Secretary announces the results.

12. While the board may repeal paragraph 11 before the appointment
takes effect, the board resolves to do so only if there are
problems with the conduct or integrity of the election.


13. In order to ensure compliance with the constitution as soon as
possible, Ian Jackson and Martin Schulze are immediately
reappointed to the board. They will remain on the board until
the new elected members join the board as stated in paragraph
11, or for a period of 90 days from the passage of this motion,
whichever comes earlier.

14. Ian Jackson and Martin Schulze may stand as candidates in the
election according to paragraph 7 above, just as any other
SPI contributing member.


15. The ad-hoc organisation of this election is less transparent and
democratic than ideal;

16. The bylaws reform effort appears to have stalled;

17. These problems are in significant part attributable to the


18. The Board apologises to the Membership and the Bylaws committee
for its failure to work more proactively to help reform the

19. The Board shall undertake the work necessary to present a set of
by-laws to the membership at large for ratification as soon as
the election is complete. There exists a recommendations of the
By-Laws Committee to serve as a starting point for such a

Possible Amendment 2003-10-14.iwj.3 - change seats to two

(i) amend paragraphs 4 and 11, to elect and appoint two rather than
three board members.

Possible Amendment 2003-10-14.iwj.4 - no interim reinstantement

(i) delete paragraphs 13 and 14.

Possible Amendment 2003-10-14.iwj.5 - no apology from the board

(i) delete paragraphs 15 to 19 inclusive.

Ian Jackson personal email: <ijackson(at)chiark(dot)greenend(dot)org(dot)uk>
These opinions are my own.
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