OpenStack Governance: Electing Technical Leaders For Next Development Cycle

An important part of OpenStack’s culture is to elect its tech leaders every six months: we’re in the process of electing the Project Tech Leads for the next 6 months release cycle. Our governance model based on merit is one of the strong points of our community. Except otherwise-noted in the program description, the electorate for a given program PTL election are the Foundation individual members that are also committers for one of the program projects over the Grizzly-Havana timeframe (from 2012-09-27 to 2013-09-26, 23:59 PST).

This week from Sep 20 to Sep 26 the candidates to PTL positions can offer themselves. The e-voting booths will be open from Sep 27 to Oct 3. Elections will be held using CIVS and a Condorcet algorithm (Schulze/Beatpath/CSSD variant). Any tie will be broken using TieBreaking rules.

After the PTLs are elected we will also elect the members of the Technical Committee. This is the first election with the new TC charter: we renew 11 TC seats for this election. Candidates ranking 1st to 6th will get one-year seats, and candidates ranking 7th to 11th will get 6-month seats.  The electorate for TC election are the Foundation individual members that are also committers for one of the official programs projects over the Grizzly-Havana timeframe (from 2012-09-27 to 2013-09-26, 23:59 PST).

Any member of an election electorate can propose his/her candidacy for the same election (except the two TC members who were elected for a one-year seat last Spring, Vishvananda Ishaya and Thierry Carrez). No nomination is required.  More details on the dedicated wiki page.

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