Hi, According to the constitution (5.2. Appointment), project
leader elections should begin “six weeks before the leadership
post becomes vacant, or (if it is too late already) immediately.”
The new project leader term starts on Friday the 17th of April,
2009. The time line looks like:
| Period | Start | End |
| Nomination | Sunday, March 1st, 2009 | Saturday, March 7th, 2009 |
| Campaign | Sunday, March 8th, 2009 | Saturday, March 28th, 2009 |
| Vote | Sunday, March 29th, 2009 | Saturday, April 11th, 2009 |
Prospective leaders should be familiar with the constitution, but
just to review: there’s a one week period when interested
developers can nominate themselves and announce their platform,
followed by a three week period intended for campaigning, followed
by two weeks for the election itself.
I intend to collect platform statements from the candidates, and
publish them at http://www.debian.org/vote/2009/platforms/ at the
end of the nomination period, which means around March 8th.
I suggest that the candidates send the platform, preferably in
HTML, to the secretary at least a couple of days before the
The format of the web page is open to discussion, but I suggest
there be at least three sections:
– Introduction / Biography
– Major Goal / Meat of the platform
The candidates can make a rebuttal. I would like to receive them
in the first week of the campaign period, so I can publish them
around March 15th.
In the past, we have conducted DPL debates on a special IRC
channel set up for the purpose. Don Armstrong and MJ Ray have
volunteered to head this effort, like in previous years. I would
like to invite people to help them with this effort. The debate
will be held somewhere between March 21st and March 28th, so
the last week of the campaign period.
Details and results for the vote will be published at:
Please make sure that nominations are sent to (or cc:’d to)
debian-vote, and are cryptographically signed.