[ubuntu-uk] Citizens rejoice! Your Lord and Master stands on high, playing track 3.

David M lists2007 at trancepod.34sp.com
Mon Oct 1 18:29:51 BST 2007

Alan Pope wrote in gmane.linux.ubuntu.user.british 
 about: Citizens rejoice! Your Lord and Master stands on high, playing	track 3. 

> According to this:-
> https://launchpad.net/~ubuntu-uk/+poll/ubuntu-uk-point-of-contact
> Some people voted and by a nose I seem to have "won" the post of "Point
> of Contact for the Ubuntu-UK LoCo Team".

Hang on a minute!!

Your post was dated:
Sun Sep 30 16:14:32 BST 2007

Yet the poll was not due to close until:

> The vote should close Sunday 30th September at 21:00 (BST)

[ref: https://lists.ubuntu.com/archives/ubuntu-uk/2007-September/007274.html]

Who prematurely closed the poll, and why?
(Come to that, who actually organised the poll on a technical level?)

With a narrow margin of only 4 votes separating the top two candidates:

 Alan Pope for Ubuntu-uk PoC	23
 Dave Walker for Ubuntu-uk PoC	19

..at the time that the poll was prematurely closed, this sham of an election 
must be declared null and void, and re-run. With such a close result, there 
may have been sufficient members busy doing things at the weekend who had 
planned to vote later in the evening, who could have influenced the result 
(either to change it or to show further support for the then-leading 
candidate), but they have been deprived of the opportunity to cast their 

Frankly, I'm not at all impressed at a so-called community contact who
illegally proclaims his sham victory in such a gloating and juvenile 
fashion, and such a lack of professionalism does not inspire confidence
in how the candidate would undertake the role.

Perhaps there will be no change in the result, but we need to be seen as
professional and to act in a professional fashion, and for that reason
we must re-run the election, with adequate publicity, adequate
timescales and under no circumstances varying from the voting procedure
once announced and agreed.

I therefore propose that the election be re-run (with the same
candidates [1]), starting at 0:01 on Thursday 4 October, and closing at
23:59 on Monday 8 October. Under no circumstances should the poll be
closed before the closing time.

[1] ..unless sufficient members feel that the poll has been mishandled
to such an extent that they feel there should be a new call for

I would be grateful if somebody could advise how to create a poll on
Launchpad, thanks.


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