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PSC Election 2020

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Call for election

The PSC election 2020 starts on 2020-12-XX and ends on 2021-01-28. The new committee will be formed by 10 members. This is in accordance with the current PSC chair and the original planning when constituting the PSC.

1. The process

The election process is split essentially in two phases: 1) the Nomination and 2) the Voting. Final actions are announcing the results and officially forming the new PSC, formed by 10 members.

1.1 Nominations

During the Nomination phase, any member of the GRASS-GIS community, can nominate any community member for being a candidate for the PSC.

To set a nomination in motion, an e-mail should be directed to the CRO including name, contact email and shortly why a person is recommended as a PSC member. The CRO will then contact the recommended person asking for confirmation. The nominated person has to accept the candidacy for the PSC.

In short, a nomination and its acceptance are required to be sent directly to the CRO, in private. Following, it is the CRO's task to officially announce a nomination.

Note, current PSC members will be asked if they wish to stand as a candidate for the upcoming election.

1.2 Voting

The CRO will ensure to invite all eligible voters.

Eligible voters are all people who

  • have write access to any of the GRASS GIS repositories (including add-ons and website).
  • have already posted a pull request to github (possibly only those PR that have been merged)
  • have contributed to Transifex

During the Voting period, eligible voters, can vote their preferred candidate(s) via an on-line tool which will protect privacy.

Each voter can vote one time. However, there is no limit as to how many, among the candidates, a voter can select.

2. Time frame

  • announcement of elections: DD MM YYYY (incl. CRO)
  • nomination period: DD MM YYYY to DD MM YYYY
  • presentation of the candidates: DD MM YYYY to DD MM YYYY
  • elections: DD MM YYYY to DD MM YYYY
  • announcement of the newly elected PSC: DD MM YYYY

2.1 Nomination Period

The nomination starts on DD MM YYYY at 12:00 UTC, runs strictly for 3 weeks and ends on DD MM YYYY. Following this period, there will be a one week of no-action to have time to reflect and decide.

You are kindly asked to refrain from canceling an already announced nomination or support and request for a new nomination. Unless there are serious reasons to cancel a nomination, modification of the list of nominees will not be possible after the end of the 3rd week.

2.2 Voting Period

The voting period will run from DD MM YYYY at 12:00 UTC up until DD MM YYYY.

2.3 Results

Votes will be counted and the top N voted candidates will fill the seats to form the new PSC. In case of a vote tie, the CRO will randomise the selection between the tied candidates for a PSC seat.

Results to be announced, at latest, on DD MM YYYY.

Afterwards, the newly formed PSC will elect the chair person, being one of the new members.

3. Overview

3.1 Nomination (I)

  • from DD MM YYYY to DD MM YYYY
  • e-mails directed to the CRO by:
    • a community member to nominate a candidate
    • the nominee to confirm acceptance of candidacy

3.2 Nomination (II)

  • from DD MM YYYY to DD MM YYYY
  • re-think, evaluate, decide for candidate(s)
  • email directed to the CRO by a candidate for canceling candidacy (possible only for important reasons)

3.3 Voting: from DD MM YYYY to DD MM YYYY

3.4 Results: at latest, from DD MM YYYY to DD MM YYYY

Preparation of the list of nominees for the PSC election 2020

Any community member is eligible to propose a new PSC member candidate. A motivation must be added why the proposed candidate may be a good choice for the PSC.

To submit a PSC member nomination:

  • Confirm with the nominated person first.
  • Send the nomination email to the CRO.

Deadline: Thursday, 16 June 2020, 12:00 UTC TBD

The list of nominees:

Candidate's nameCountryBy: (Nominator), link to announcement
.. .. By ..
.. .. By ..



Voting result (ranking, name, number of votes):

1.  ...    NN
2.  ...

The new GRASS GIS Project Steering Committee (PSC) is composed of N members (ranking, name, number of votes):

1.  ...    NN
2.  ...


  • Number of eligible voters: NNN
  • Cast votes: NNN

Helios voting system

  • Uploaded eligible voters file xxx bytes, at DD MM YYYY: done processing: NNN voters loaded
  • Trustee fingerprint and Audit information


The entire election process is encrypted. The CRO, being the administrator of this "private" election, can only verify which of the invited members did vote.


Helios' voting system features "Audited Ballots". More information at:

Election tally

Even more, anyone should be able to verify the election tally at "Helios Election Verifier":


Trustees are responsible for decrypting the election result. Each trustee generates a keypair and submits the public portion to Helios. When it's time to decrypt, each trustee needs to provide their secret key.

For this election, however, the automatically selected, by the system, trustee was selected and no other persons where involved in this process.

  • Trustee #1: Helios Voting Administrator
  • Public Key Fingerprint: xxxxxxxxxx

Archived Material & Notes


  • TDB

Tentative schedule

  • ...


  • Missing in 2016, to be added to election procedure: candidacy period between nominations and voting

Comments from 2016

Before the election

On Fri, Jun 3, 2016 at 2:02 PM, Moritz Lennert wrote:

So, to summarize, my proposal would be:

  • Election of the entire PSC every three years
  • All people with SVN access have the right to vote
  • Elections are announced on grass-dev and grass-user with a clear

definition of procedure:

  • Anyone (or anyone with voting right ?) can nominate someone during

a period of a few (4?) weeks

  • Possibly: those who are already in the PSC and stand for elections

again do not need a nomination / can nominate themselves ?

  • Voting during 1 week
  • The ten candidates with the most votes make up the new PSC


After the election

nik at Mon Aug 29 08:26:23 PDT 2016

There is this important question, asked by Micha Silver end of July (see, "what we should expect from PSC members?"

Some of the candidates went a bit deeper in presenting themselves. Others were less lengthy in their writing. All good.

However, I propose herewith, for the next PSC election, the following: set as a requirement, for each candidate, to answer this very question as being asked from the community: "What should the community expect from your PSC membership?".

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