Wikimedia Foundation elections/2021

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The 2021 Board of Trustees elections are anticipated to be held 4 August 2021 to 17 August 2021. Members of the Wikimedia community have the opportunity to elect four candidates to a three-year term. The call for candidates is planned to open on 9 June 2021. These dates are tentative and might change.

Timeline[edit]

The specific details about the upcoming election will be decided by the Elections Committee. This timeline will be updated once that information is available.

2021-04-15 Board resolution about the upcoming elections
2021-04-29 Call for Election Volunteers
2021-06-09 to 2021-06-29 Call for Candidates
2021-06-30 to 2021-07-02 Announcement of confirmed candidates
2021-07-07 to 2021-08-03 Candidates campaign
2021-08-04 Voting opens
2021-08-17 Voting closes
2021-08-18 - 2021-08-24 Vote counting and processing
2021-08-25 Announcement of vote results
2021 September Board appoints selected candidates

Voting information[edit]

A proportional representation method will be used, like single transferrable vote. Additional details will be announced in the coming weeks. This will include information on voter eligibility, the specific proportional voting method, and instructions for the voting tool.

Information for candidates[edit]

The 2021 Board of Trustees elections are anticipated to be held 4 August 2021 to 17 August 2021. Members of the Wikimedia community have the opportunity to elect four candidates to a three-year term. The call for candidates is planned to open on 9 June 2021.

Outreach[edit]

Voter turnout in prior elections was about 10% globally. It was better in communities with volunteer election support. Some of those communities reached over 20% voter turnout.

Election Volunteers[edit]

Do you want to help improve voter numbers in your community? You don’t need to have experience in elections. Election Volunteers can help promote the Board election in their community. Volunteers from all Wiki Projects are welcome! The aim is to have at least one Election Volunteer for Wiki Projects in the top 30 for eligible voters. Help form a more diverse and better performing Board of Trustees by getting your community involved in the election!

Team[edit]

Elections Committee

AbhiSuryawanshi
Carlojoseph14
HakanIST
KTC
Mardetanha
Masssly
Matanya
ProtoplasmaKid
Ruslik0

Facilitation team

Quim Gil- Coordination
Jackie Koerner- Facilitation for English language and Meta-Wiki
Denis Barthel- Facilitation for German language and North and Western Europe affiliates
Mahuton Possoupe- Facilitation for French language
Vanj Padilla- Facilitation for East, South-East Asia and Pacific region
Krishna C. Velaga- Facilitation for South Asia region
Ravan Al-Taie- Facilitation for Middle East and North Africa region
Mehman Ibragimov- Facilitation for Central and Eastern Europe region
Zita Zage- Facilitation for Sub-Saharan Africa region
Oscar Costero- Facilitation for Latin America region
Mohammed Bachounda- Facilitation support for French language and MENA region

Background[edit]

The Board of Trustees elections were due in 2020 to elect three of the Community trustees seats. In April 2020, the Board announced that the voting process was being postponed. The Board of Trustees announced in April 2021 the plan for the 2021 Board elections. The Board is seeking to increase diversity and participation in Board elections.

The Board has expanded to 16 seats to better cover the increasing work and areas of expertise required to steer the Wikimedia Foundation. This expansion was based in part on recommendations from an external governance review.

  • 3 new Community- and Affiliate-selected seats
  • 3 new Board-selected seats

Four seats will be up for selection in 2021, the three due for renewal and a fourth from the approved Board expansion. The two other new community-and-affiliate seats approved will be selected during 2022, together with the two affiliate seats that will be due (four in total).