openSUSE:Board election

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Preparing for New Board Elections

This page is being prepared for the next openSUSE Board elections. Expect updates soon after November 11, 2018.

Election committee

  • Gerry Makaro (Fraser_Bell)
  • M. Edwin Zakaria (medwinz)
  • Ish Sookun
  • Chuck Payne

Contact

You can contact the committee using the mail address election-officials@opensuse.org.


Detailed explanation of all phases

Phase 0: Notification of Intent to Run or nomination

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

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

Goal statement, Past work summary, Future plans

The election committee also needs the openSUSE username, irc nickname and a userpage in the wiki to reference the candidate. It is recommended that they blog about their candidacy as this will reach a much wider audience of voters. If their blog is not syndicated on Planet openSUSE, please advise the committee who will ensure it does get added.

Potential candidates are advised to read the Board Member Application Mini-HOWTO to get an idea of what is involved.

Also, if you want to nominate somebody else, tell the election officials and they will contact the nominated person and ask whether s/he will run for the board.

Phase 0: Application for an openSUSE membership

To apply for a membership, applicants should read through How to become a member at the membership page.

Note: Applicants need to apply as soon as possible to give the Membership officials enough time to review and approve/reject applications. Even if applicants meet the deadline, it may not be ensured that their openSUSE membership will be approved until just before the ballots open.

Phase 1: Campaign

During the campaign-phase there should be

  • plenty of blog entries on the upcoming election by the candidates
  • interviews with all candidates by the openSUSE news team
  • a moderated Q&A session on IRC possibly during one of the regular Project meetings or a separate meeting

Phase 2: Election

All persons with voting right will be able to cast their votes using a link emailed to them mentioning https://elections.opensuse.org. Once a vote has been submitted it can be changed until the end of the election period. All votes are stored anonymously in the electronic system.


Previous elections

Past elections and boards