[ALAC] Selection of ALAC Chair

Alan Greenberg alan.greenberg at mcgill.ca
Wed May 16 22:35:30 UTC 2018

My current term as an ALAC Member expires at the end of the AGM in 
October of this year, as does my term as ALAC Chair. I have 
previously said that I would not be a candidate for Chair of the ALAC 
for the coming year and in fact I am not a candidate for an ALAC seat.

When the issue was discussed in San Juan, there was a general 
consensus within the ALAC that the position should be opened sooner 
rather than later, but not before the selection of RALO-appointed 
ALAC members was complete.

The nomination and acceptance period is now complete. In three of the 
five RALOs, the ALAC seat is not contested, but it is in LACRALO and 
NARALO. The election is due to begin on Friday and end on Thursday, 24 May.

Presuming the two elections result in definitive selections, I will 
formally initiate a call for nominations for ALAC Chair soon after. 
According to the ALAC Rules of Procedure, the call must be open for 
at least 14 days. That puts the end of the nomination period on or 
around Friday, 08 June. There is a 7 day period allowing for 
acceptances, but I am optimistic that any nominations will be 
accepted or declined quickly. Nominations may only be made by current 
ALAC Members, nominees must have a reasonable expectation of being on 
the post-AGM ALAC, and the electorate is the current ALAC.

If there is only one candidate, that person will be declared incoming 
Chair. If there is more than one candidate, I will request that a 
teleconference be scheduled to allow the candidates to present 
themselves and address any questions the ALAC may have for them (as 
well as a Wiki space for written questions and answers).

That will allow the election to be conducted electronically prior to 
departure for Panama. If, for some reason this schedule cannot be 
met, then the election may be conducted in Panama. If there is an 
ALAC consensus, the election may be deferred until Panama regardless of timing.

There are specific rules covering the situation of more than two 
candidates and to address ties. For those interested in all of the 
details, see section 17.2 of the ALAC RoP 

PLEASE NOTE that this message is NOT the call for nominations. That 
will not happen until after the current ALAC selection process is complete.


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