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On behalf of the Wikimedia Foundation Board Elections Committee, I am pleased 
to announce that self-nominations are now being accepted for the 2017 Wikimedia 
Foundation Board of Trustees Elections.[1]

The Board of Trustees (Board) is the decision-making body that is ultimately responsible 
for the long-term sustainability of the Wikimedia Foundation,[2] so we value wide input 
into its selection. More information about this role can be found at 
<https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Wikimedia_Foundation_elections/2017/Board_of_Trustees>.
 Please read the letter from the Board of Trustees calling for candidates here: 
<https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Wikimedia_Foundation_elections/2017/Board_of_Trustees/Call_for_candidates>.

The candidacy submission phase will last from April 7 (00:00 UTC) to April 20 (23:59 
UTC) and occurring on Meta-Wiki at 
<https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Wikimedia_Foundation_elections/2017/Board_of_Trustees/Candidates>

We will also be accepting questions to ask the candidates from April 7 to April 20. 
You can submit your questions on Meta-Wiki at 
<https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Wikimedia_Foundation_elections/2017/Board_of_Trustees/Questions>

Once the questions submission period has ended on April 20, the Elections 
Committee will then collate the questions for the candidates to respond to 
beginning on April 21.

The goal of this process is to fill the three community-selected seats on the 
Wikimedia Foundation Board of Trustees. The election results will be used by 
the Board itself to select its new members.

The full schedule for the Board elections is as follows. All dates are 
inclusive, that is, from the beginning of the first day (UTC) to the end of the 
last.

* April 7 (00:00 UTC) - April 20 (23:59 UTC): Board nominations
* April 7 - April 20: Board candidates questions submission period
* April 21 - April 30: Board candidates answer questions
* May 1 - May 14: Board voting period
* May 15-19: Board vote checking
* May 20: Board result announcement goal

In addition to the Board elections, we will also soon be holding elections for 
the following roles:

* Funds Dissemination Committee (FDC)
** There are five positions being filled. More information about this election can be 
found at 
<https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Wikimedia_Foundation_elections/2017/Funds_Dissemination_Committee>.

* Funds Dissemination Committee Ombudsperson (Ombuds)
** One position is being filled.  More information about this election can be found 
at 
<https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Wikimedia_Foundation_elections/2017/Funds_Dissemination_Committee_Ombudsperson>.

Please note that this year the Board of Trustees elections will be held before 
the FDC and Ombuds elections. Candidates who are not elected to the Board are 
explicitly permitted and encouraged to submit themselves as candidates to the 
FDC or Ombuds positions after the results of the Board elections are announced.

More information on this year's elections can be found at  
<https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Wikimedia_Foundation_elections/2017>.

Please feel free to post a note about the election on your project's village pump. 
Any questions related to the election can be posted on the talk page on Meta, or sent 
to the election committee's mailing list, <board-elections AT wikimedia.org>.

On behalf of the Election Committee,
Katie Chan, Chair, Board Election Committee
Joe Sutherland, Community Advocate, Wikimedia Foundation


PS. An on-wiki version of this message is available for translation at: 
https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Wikimedia_Foundation_elections/2017/Updates/Start_of_the_2017_Wikimedia_Foundation_Board_of_Trustees_elections

[1] 
https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Wikimedia_Foundation_elections/2017/Board_of_Trustees/Call_for_candidates
[2] https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Wikimedia_Foundation_Board_of_Trustees

--
Joe Sutherland
Community Advocate
Wikimedia Foundation

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