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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE User Rep Election 98 The Election Procedures IN COOPERATION WITH THE JMS, TEAM AMIGA WORLDWIDE, and ICOA The bylaws of the Industry Council of Open Amiga require that the Steering Committee have 1 full voting seat to be occupied by a user representative selected in the manner deemed by the ICOA to be the most productive way in which to provide a user representative. Therefore, the Transitional Steering Committee (TSC) of the ICOA invited proposals from the Amiga community at large on selection procedures for the selection of a User Representative. The JMS answered this invitation with a set of proposals and procedures that were hampered by time restrictions not of its making. When voting was verified, there were several votes disqualified due to being of a fraudulent nature, leaving three of the candidates all but tied. Consultations between the nominees, the JMS, and Team AMIGA made it clear that corrective action needed to be taken. Because of the time constraints, lack of proper publicity, and fraudulent votes, The JMS in conjunction with Team AMIGA asked for and obtained permission to hold a new vote with ample time for publicity, nominations, and voting from a much wider audience than previously attained. ----- Following are the new procedures outlined to gain a wider voting audience. We urge each of you to take advantage of this opportunity to nominate and elect a User Representative of your choice. The person elected will serve as your spokesperson in the building of a new Amiga future. Choose wisely, but choose ... ----- EMAIL NOMINATIONS All nominations must be sent to JMS member Andrew Bienhaus
by midnight before (GMT) 30th May, 1998. Nominations MUST include the following information: * The full name, preferred language, phone number and email address of the nominee. * The full names, preferred languages, phone numbers and email addresses of at least five supporters * A statement that the named people accept the election procedures and the decisions of the arbitrators as outlined below. * An election statement of no more than 500 words of plain text or HTML for the JMS election web site to publish on the nominee's behalf. A URL with more information would be most beneficial to the candidate. The JMS reserves the right to reject any statement whose contents do not appear to be legal for it to publish. Separate versions of the statement in different languages may be provided and will be posted by the JMS as stated above. Andrew Bienhaus will write or phone to the nominee and each of his supporters to confirm that the persons named are in agreement with the nomination, using their preferred language when possible. If Andrew does NOT receive an affirmative response from each of the above named persons no later than midnight before 31 May, 1998, the nomination will be considered invalid. POSTAL NOMINATIONS Postal nominations must include all of the information as required by email nominations, plus the following: * Signature of the candidate with either an email address or a postal address AND phone number * Email addresses or postal addresses AND a phone number and signature for each supporter Postal nominations should be mailed to: Andrew Bienhaus 90 Farr Crescent Cambridge Ontario N3C 1R6 Canada More addresses may be added at a later time and will posted when available. The vote takers, arbiters, and the collector of nominations may not be nominated and are not allowed to support any nomination. ICOA members and prospective members may not be nominated and no more than two supporters of any nominee may be ICOA members or prospective members. The list of valid nominees for the election, along with pointers to their election statements, will be made available by the JMS as soon as possible after 2 June, 1998. VOTING PROCEDURE Votes may be cast by regular mail, Fido Netmail, email, or via a web form and must be received between midnight before (GMT) 2 June, 1998 and midnight before (GMT) 20 June 1998. All voters must give their name and a valid email address and may not cast more than one vote in the election process. If more than one vote comes from the same voter, all votes from that voter, email address and any subsequent addresses will be disqualified. Vote takers, arbiters, and the collector of nominations are not allowed to cast votes. VOTING BY REGULAR MAIL Ballots may be obtained through several Amiga magazines for voting by normal postal mail. Postal ballots should be mailed to Andrew Bienhaus at the address listed above. VOTING BY FIDONET Persons wishing to vote from Fidonet Amiga will forward a Netmail to Asha Develder, moderator at 1:202/720.5 and request a prenumbered ballot. Asha will return by regular Fido netmail, a prenumbered ballot to the requester. Once the ballot has been completed, this ballot will be returned to Asha Develder for verification. Voted Netmail Addresses will be posted to a listing on Fidonet Amiga on a weekly basis by the moderator. Ballots will be forwarded to Andrew Bienhaus no later than 20 June 1998 VOTING BY INTERNET EMAIL An official ballot form will be made available once the list of candidates has been finalized. All votes by Internet Email must be made using this form with only one candidate selected. They must be forwarded to the official vote takers email address which will be announced at the time the ballot is made available. Once the ballot is received by the vote taker, the vote taker will write back to the return address to confirm the vote. If the confirmation message is rejected due to an invalid email address, the vote will not be counted. VOTING BY WEB FORM Two voting forms will be made available on this web site during the voting period. Voters must submit their email address on the first form in order to get a unique key sent to them by email. The key will then be used to cast a vote from the second form. ANNOUNCEMENT OF RESULTS The JMS, Team AMIGA, and the ICOA together will arrange to announce the results of the election as soon as possible after the close of voting. This is expected to be on 22 June or shortly thereafter. COMPLAINTS PROCEDURE Anyone who feels that this election is not being conducted fairly may make an official complaint by writing to either Andrew Elia of the Amiga Society in London or Gary Peake of Team AMIGA. They will decide if the complaint is justified and, if so, what must be done to make things right. The JMS, Team AMIGA, and the ICOA disclaim all responsibility for disruption in the election procedures due to failures in the network or in the equipment used by their service providers.
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