[OSGeo-Discuss] Fwd: Re: withdrawal from Board election

nik at nikosalexandris.net nik at nikosalexandris.net
Sun Oct 22 08:54:49 PDT 2017

Well spoken Even.

Thank you, Nikos

À Dimanche 22 octobre 2017, Vasile Craciunescu a écrit :
> Forwarding Even's opinion on the subject.
> Best,
> Vasile
> CRO 2017
> -------- Forwarded Message --------
> Subject: Re: [OSGeo-Discuss] withdrawal from Board election
> Date: Sun, 22 Oct 2017 16:27:45 +0200
> From: Even Rouault <even.rouault at spatialys.com>
> To: Barry Rowlingson <b.rowlingson at lancaster.ac.uk>, Vasile Craciunescu 
> <vasile at geo-spatial.org>
> On dimanche 22 octobre 2017 14:33:30 CEST Barry Rowlingson wrote:
> > My proposal to the Board and the OSGeo charter members is to leave the
> > 
> > > list as it is and make sure that the people that did not vote yet are
> > > aware of Jeff's request to withdraw from the Board elections.
> > 
> > No, this is completely off. If a candidate withdraws during an election,
> > you should declare the current ballot void and start a new one without the
> > withdrawn candidate.
> > 
> > Leaving the ballot running, but telling people who have not voted yet that
> > one candidate has withdrawn is *unfair* to those who already voted.
> > 
> > I would hope that running a ballot is low-enough cost that this doesn't
> > have a cost impact, unlike a paper election!
> > 
> > If Jeff had been elected to the board and then resigned the day after the
> > election then I assume there's regulations for having new by-elections for
> > vacant seats, but this situation is not the same.
> > 
> I had a quick search in the bylaws and as far as I can see, there's no 
> provison for a candidate withdrawing during the election time.
> For what is worth, in France for presidential election, once the 
> candidatures have been approved as valid, a candidate can no longer 
> withdraw (the election would be re-run only in the case where a 
> candidate would die or some force majeure impeaching him). If there are 
> laws of Delaware on the subject, they would probably be a better fit in 
> that instance...
> So my view on this situation would be to proceed to the end of the 
> election with the initial list of candidates. And there are 3 possible 
> outcomes:
> * candidate wanting to withdraw is finally not elected. Life goes on
> * candidate is elected, and immediately resigns. Then my understanding 
> of bylaws ("Section 3.7. Vacancies") is that the remaining directors 
> will elect someone to fill the seat
> * candidate is elected, and doesn't resign. Life goes on
> Re-running elections could result in a almost endless loop in case 
> individuals organize a plot to propose candidates and that they resign 
> during the election (until we go short of charter members to be 
> elligible :-) And, in fact, nothing probably formally prevents a 
> candidate that has withdrawned to be a candidate again...)
> (I dropped-off discuss at lists.osgeo.org from my reply to limit the 
> trafic, but if Vasile prefers to make it public, or incorporate some of 
> it in a message, no problem)
> Even
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