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This is a part of Topic panels series within the ambit of Call for feedback: Community board seats.

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Many people agree with the idea of better supporting candidates in elections and potential candidates well before elections. What exactly should we start planning for the upcoming Board election? What types of support can increase the quantity and diversity of candidates with chances to win a seat? What changes could be done to the nomination and campaign periods for equal support of each candidate?




This topic has been defined by the Facilitation team independently from the Board, based on the feedback received during the Call for feedback.



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