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Thank you to everyone who participated in the 2021 Board election. The
Elections Committee has reviewed the votes of the 2021 Wikimedia Foundation
Board of Trustees election, organized to select four new trustees. A record
6,873 people from across 214 projects cast their valid votes. The following
four candidates received the most support:
Waiting for the Board’s appointment
While these candidates have been ranked through the community vote, they
are not yet appointed to the Board of Trustees. They still need to pass a
successful background check and meet the qualifications outlined in the
Bylaws. This process can be longer depending on the country of residence of
the candidates. The Board has set a tentative date to appoint new trustees
at the end of this month. The Board also has approved
a short extension to the terms of the exiting trustees to allow a smooth
Thanks to all the candidates
Thanks to all candidates for their participation. They achieved a record in
the number of candidates and regional diversity, with more than half of the
19 candidates from regions outside North America and Western Europe. This
election used Single Transferable Voting
for the first time. This system does not indicate a number of votes or
percentage of support. Rather, it shows in which round each candidate was
eliminated. You can review the full results on Meta-Wiki
which document the order in which the candidates were mathematically
Thanks to all the election volunteers
The Board of Trustees stressed
the importance of increasing diversity on the Board. Dozens of volunteers
supported by a team of multilingual facilitators promoted the election in
up to 61 languages. They hosted many conversations about the Board election
in more than 50 languages and encouraged community members to participate
in all areas of the election.
The 2021 Board of Trustees election broke new ground in several areas. The
Movement Strategy and Governance team will publish a report with the most
remarkable metrics soon. In the meantime, some statistics
can be found on Meta-Wiki. Here you have some highlights.
Participation increased by 1,753 voters over 2017. Overall turnout was
10.13%, 1.1 percentage points more than in 2017.
The highest participation among wikis with at least 5 eligible voters
was seen on the Hausa and Igbo Wikipedias. Both wikis had a participation
of 75% (6 of 8 eligible voters). Other high participation numbers were seen
on the Telugu, Nepalese, and Punjabi Wikipedias.
The largest increase in participation among wikis with at least 50
eligible voters was the Catalan Wikipedia, on which 36.3% of eligible
voters voted (28 percentage points higher than in 2017).
There were 214 wikis represented in the election. This is determined by
the wiki on which the account was originally created.
A total of 74 wikis that did not participate in 2017 produced voters in
A total of 226 wikis had at least one eligible voter but produced no
voters. The largest electorate in this group was Cantonese Wikipedia, with
25 eligible voters.
In the upcoming days, an anonymized list of votes will be released that
will allow deeper inspection and publication of more metrics.
The next Board of Trustees election is planned to take place in 2022.
Interested community members can watch the Wikimedia Foundation elections
page for updates
community seats will be selected at that time. It is not too early to
consider and prepare for candidacy. Community members may like to
check out Candidate
to learn more about what to expect and how to prepare for this role.
Facilitator, Movement Strategy and Governance
*English language communities and Meta-Wiki*