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Universal Code of Conduct/Coordinating Committee/Election/2024 Special Election

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This page covers the election process for the special election 2024 for the Universal Code of Conduct Coordinating Committee.


This is the anticipated timeline. Please note the overlapping dates between the community questions phase and the voting phase.

July 10 – July 19, 2024, End of Day, AoE ( UTC) Announcement and Call for U4C candidates
July 20, 2024 – August 3, 2024 Community questions for candidates
July 27, 2024 – UTC Voting period
August 2024 Announce the additional members of the U4C

Call for Candidates[edit]

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 10 July 2024 12:00 UTC.
  • Not have English Wikipedia, German Wikipedia, or Italian Wikipedia as their home wiki. (why?)

Please note that all volunteers who meet the minimum requirements are eligible to run. Successful candidates so far have had more than 5000 edits (across all projects) and hold adminship (or other advanced permissions) on a project.

In this special election, according to chapter 2 of the U4C charter, there are 9 seats available on the U4C: four community-at-large seats and five 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.

After the first election 2024 (List of current members) and according the Wikimedia Foundation's regional approach, the open regional seats are:

  • North America (USA and Canada)
  • Latin America and Caribbean
  • Central and East Europe (CEE)
  • Sub-Saharan Africa
  • South Asia

While U4C membership is for a two-year term, during this special election which is a follow up of the first election, regional representatives will fulfill the remaining part of a two-year term and the community-at-large representatives will fulfill the remaining part of a one-year term (which will end 15 June 2025).


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

Voting process[edit]

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.