Last week the Wikimedia Foundation Board of Trustees met to decide on a
plan for the 2021 Board elections. And based on the feedback from the
recent Call for Feedback about Community Board Seats, the Board Governance
Committee created a proposal. Below you can find a summary of the
resolution, which was approved unanimously.
The Board plans to hold the selection process as soon as possible. The
draft timeline plans for the call for candidates opening June 8 and a
voting period July 20 to August 3.
The Elections Committee will determine the voting method. The committee,
in consultation with Wikimedia Foundation staff, may request a delay of up
to three months to implement the voting system.
Four seats will be up for selection, 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).
The Board will note the skills and experiences they would like selected
trustees to have. Candidates will complete the evaluation form
but for information only.
The Wikimedia Foundation will provide communications support to the
Elections Committee. We want to support candidates and promote the
elections, particularly in underrepresented groups.
Please check the related announcement on meta for details.
The full proposal is available on Foundation Wiki.
Zita and the Facilitation team
Zita Ursula Zage
Board Governance Facilitator- Sub-Saharan Africa
Wikimedia Foundation | https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/User:Zuz_(WMF)