Universal Code of Conduct/Coordinating Committee/Election/2024

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This page covers the election process for the Universal Code of Conduct Coordinating Committee in 2024. This election process is planned to occur between March-May 2024.

Timeline

This is the anticipated timeline.

March 5, 2024 Announcement of the U4C election
March 5 - April 8, 2024, End of Day, Anywhere on Earth[1] Call for U4C candidates
April 10, 2024 - April 24, 2024 Community questions for candidates
April 25, 2024 - May 9, 2024 Voting period
May 2024 Announce the members of the first U4C

Call for Candidates

The Universal Code of Conduct Coordinating Committee (U4C) is a global group dedicated to providing an equitable and consistent implementation of the UCoC. Community members are invited to submit their applications for the U4C.

As outlined by section 2.1 of the U4C charter, each member and candidate must:

  • Comply with the UCoC.
  • Be at least 18 years-old and sign the Confidentiality agreement for nonpublic information (NDA) with the Wikimedia Foundation once they are elected.
  • Have not been blocked on any Wikimedia project nor have an active event ban in the past one year. Candidates who are blocked may appeal to the Election Committee, who may make an exception.
  • Self-identify their home wiki(s) and the region they are from publicly.
  • Meet any other eligibility requirements determined during the election process.
  • Be a registered member of at least one Wiki project for at least 365 days and have a minimum of 500 edits at 5th March 2024 12:00 UTC.

According to chapter 2 of the U4C charter, there are 16 seats on the U4C: eight community-at-large seats and eight regional seats to ensure the U4C represents the diversity of the movement. No more than two members of the U4C can be elected from the same home wiki.

According to the Wikimedia Foundation's regional approach, the regional distribution will be as follows:

  • North America (USA and Canada)
  • Northern and Western Europe
  • Latin America and Caribbean
  • Central and East Europe (CEE)
  • Sub-Saharan Africa
  • Middle East and North Africa
  • East, South East Asia and Pacific (ESEAP)
  • South Asia

While U4C membership is for a two-year term, during the first election, regional representatives will fulfill two-year terms and the community-at-large representatives will fulfill one-year terms.

Questions for candidates

Eligible voters can ask questions to all candidates on the Questions page. Voters are asked to post no more than 2 (two) relevant questions per candidate (in total; i.e. all questions a candidate needs to answer are counted), and keep them as concise and relevant as possible. Candidates are asked to answer as briefly and simply as possible.

Campaigning rules

Candidates are asked to review and comply with the campaigning rules throughout the election.

Nominations

Please visit the candidates page to nominate yourself for the U4C.

Voting

Voter eligibility

Please review the voter eligibility criteria to find out whether you are eligible to vote.

The AccountEligibility tool can be used to quickly verify basic editor voting eligibility.

If you are eligible to vote:

  1. Read the candidates’ information.
  2. Decide which candidates you will support.
  3. Go to the SecurePoll voting page.
  4. Follow the instructions on that page.

Voting process

Per section 2.5. of the U4C charter:

  • Voting is conducted by secret ballot, with voters leaving support, oppose and neutral votes for each candidate.
  • Voters are able to vote for candidates from all regions.
  • Neutral votes will not count.
  • Voter eligibility will be decided by the Elections Committee.
  • The candidate must have 60% or higher of votes as calculated by support/(support + oppose). After this qualification:
    • For each candidate the number of opposes will be subtracted from the number of supporters. The candidates with the highest difference will be elected to each seat.
    • If two candidates have the same difference then the percentage calculated by support/(support + oppose) will be used as a tiebreaker.

Notes

  1. Originally closed in April 1, 2024, extended by one week per EC decision.