Announcing the openSUSE Board election for 2016

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Announcing the openSUSE Board election for 2016

Andrew Wafaa
It's that time of year when we (openSUSE members) need to elect
representatives for the openSUSE Board [0]

This year, there will be 3 seats to be elected, all for a standard 2
year (24 months) term :
- Andrew Wafaa, Bruno Friedman and Robert Schweikert seats all need filling.

Due to busyschedules, it was very difficult to start the election
process until today. The openSUSE Election Committee is aware that
running elections during Christmas period is not the best period, with
many people being away from their computer.

Therefore, in agreement with openSUSE Board chairman and current
board, openSUSE Election Committee is extending all current board
member terms by 1 month and announce the election schedule:

1/ 2015-12-07 (Phase 0)
      *  Announcement of the openSUSE Board election for 2016.
      *  Start of 3 week period to apply for an openSUSE membership (in
        order to vote or candidate).
      *  Start of 3 week phase to stand for a position in the openSUSE
        Board.

2/ 2015-12-27
      *  Notification of intent to run, and application for an openSUSE
        membership close (end of phase 0).

3/ 2015-12-28 (Phase 1)
      *  Start of 4 week campaign for the candidates before the ballots
        open (campaign might be done until ballots close).

4/ 2016-01-18 (Phase 2)
      *  Ballots open: Please cast your vote here!

5/ 2016-01-30 [1]
      *  Ballots close (end of phase 2)

6/ 2016-01-31
      *  Announcement of the results

If you want to participate in the openSUSE board and influence the
future direction of the project please stand up and announce[1] your
candidacy. If you know someone who you would like to see on the board,
feel free to contact the election officials team ad propose your
candidate.

Only openSUSE members have the right to run for a board seat, except
if they are in the Election Committee. To stand for a position in the
openSUSE board please send a mail to
      * [hidden email] AND
      * [hidden email]

In the application candidates should write a short introduction of
themselves and probably a short manifesto/platform/program that gives
answers to these topics:

ALL openSUSE members[2] are eligible to vote. If you are a contributor
of openSUSE but you are not a member yet, apply for membership now[3]
and be a part of the changes to come.


openSUSE 2016 Election Committee
Andrew Wafaa
Martin Pluskal

[0] http://en.opensuse.org/openSUSE:Board_election
[1]
http://en.opensuse.org/openSUSE:Board_election#Phase_0:_Notification_of_Intent_to_Run_or_nomination
[2] http://en.opensuse.org/openSUSE:Members
[3] http://en.opensuse.org/openSUSE:Membership_officials#Process
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