Proposed Board resolution for Board electoral system, version 20170309 (was Re: Final proposed Board resolution for Board elections voting system)

Filipus Klutiero chealer at
Fri Mar 10 03:14:09 UTC 2017

Thank you Ian.

On 2017-03-09 10:27, Ian Jackson wrote:
> Ian Jackson writes ("Final proposed Board resolution for Board elections voting system"):
>> NB that I will be offline on the 10th and 11th of March, and will have
>> only limited network access between then and the Board meeting.  So if
>> there are any more comments, please make them ASAP.
> There were some comments about the rationale, and about the clarity of
> the paragraph stating the primacy of the official rules over the
> software.  I have updated para 1 and para 8, with the changes posted
> previously.  There is no change to the effect of the resolution.
> Last call.
> 1. SPI's voting system for Board elections is unique to our
>     organisation and has several problems; notably, a lack of
>     proportionality.
> 2. SPI is not equipped to effectively design or analyse voting
>     systems.  We wish to adopt a system widely used elsewhere, and
>     which is recommended by civil society organisations specialising in
>     voting reform.
> 3. The Single Transferrable Vote is the only proportional voting
>     system, suitable for SPI, which meets these criteria.
> 4. The Scottish STV variant is clearly specified; we have an
>     established and stable Free Software implementation of it; and it
>     is straightforward to (re)implement.  Other STV variants appear to
>     lack some of these good properties.
> 5. Ian Jackson has offered to help with the implementation of STV for
>     SPI.
> 6. Future elections to the SPI Board will be counted according to the
>     Scottish Single Transferrable Vote.  Scottish STV will also be used
>     by SPI for any other multi-winner election.
> 7. Specifically, the algorithm to be used is that specified in
>     Rules 45-52 of the Scottish Local Government Elections Order
>     2007 (a UK Statutory Instrument):
> 8. The practical implementation will be by means of software; for
>     example, perhaps the openstv package in Debian.  The choice of
>     software is up to the Secretary.  However, any differences between
>     the the Rules in the Order referenced above, and whatever software
>     implementation is chosen, are to be resolved in favour of the
>     Rules.

Typo "the the"

> 9. The SPI Secretary is requested to liase with Ian Jackson, so that
>     the necessary changes to SPI software and infrastructure can be
>     identified and implemented.

The word "liase" should read "liaise".

Paragraphs 1 and 3 refer to the notion of proportionality, which has no clear meaning in the context of elections without parties like SPI's.

I have no issues with substance.

Filipus Klutiero

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