[Wikimediaindia-l] Announcement of SAARC Movement Charter selector and elections

Hello,

Apologies for posting several times in the last few days.

Yesterday we held a meeting for the SAARC region regarding its selector. The selector will represent the region when casting the affiliates vote for choosing members of the Movement Charter Drafting Committee. The result was agreement on User:Suyash.dwivedi as the region’s selector. Suyash will be one among eight representatives of other regions who will take part on behalf of affiliates.

Additionally, all of you, as Wikimedians, have the chance to cast your votes in the Drafting Committeee’s elections that will start in a few hours and run until 24 October. Here’s a link to the candidates page (the option for voting will appear there soon).

All the best,

Abbad.

Hello Abbad,

Since the meeting was called at the last moment and during the month of festival season in India, I guess, majority of the affiliates couldn’t show up in the meeting. Nevertheless, Suyash Dwivedi is a good choice.

Now, how will the affiliates engage the selector to select their preferred candidates? What will be the process to reflect the decision of all the affiliates?

Regards,

Bodhisattwa

Hello Bodhisattwa,

Thank you so much for your follow up and the important point you raise about affiliate involvement.

It seems to me that there’s an interest in this being a collaborative process, which is great, because the selector would ideally be a “representative” who knows what their regions want rather than assuming it.

During the meeting when Suyash was selected, it was suggested that there should be a later call to get the opinions of the other selector nominees regarding his selection, and he welcomed the idea. I think this discussion can be extended to a larger meeting to get feedback from the SAARC communities about their preferences for selecting the Movement Charter Drafting Committee future members.

If there is interest in this kind of discussion (it seems to me there is), I believe it should be organized by the end of this week or early next week so that Suyash can be well-informed before meeting with the other selectors. I’m happy to provide support with setting things up.

All the best,

Abbad.