Statement by Candidates of Board 2016-2017 regarding Election Results and Follow-up

This post is also published in the Official FB Page of the Graduates of Democracy, on the
Official Graduates of Democracy Blog and Twitter Account.

• This post is on behalf of the all the current candidates to the Board of the Graduates of Democracy.

SUBJECT: Conclusions of the ‪#‎poll‬ on electoral changes.

Dear Graduates of Democracy,

The poll on eventual electoral changes was over almost two days ago and the majority (31 people) opted to extend the candidacies deadline and consequently the election dates. Furthermore, in the winning option there is the commitment to provide more information on the elections. In this regards, please do comment under this post on what you would like to have more info.

Since the winning option did not propose any functional change, the discussion is now open for any adjustments and/or proposals for new functions, though we would like to advise that any other position be discussed at a later time, possibly after the elections. Said elections will continue to be for the following roles:
1. President
2. Vice President in charge of External Coordination
3. Vice President in charge of Internal Coordination
4. Director of Communication
5. Editor in Chief
6. Treasurer.

Earlier this month there had been some discussion for the establishment of an Ethical Committee in charge of establishing a common Charter of Conduct. Hugo Decis and Gabriele Bortolotti are working on it and invite anyone who wants to lend a hand to contact them. Furthermore, after the election, there will be the opportunity to discuss the roles and elect Working Groups Rapporteurs and National Representatives.

As we focus now on the imminent elections that will be held from 10/08/2016, 8:00 CET to 14/08/2016, 23:59 CET, we would like to invite anyone who has the interest to candidate himself or herself to post his or her candidacy in this group by 07/08/2016, 23:59 CET. To have a clearer perspective on the candidates we will post all the nominees statements on a google doc divided by role (…/0ByDLfVKgXnvAWEo0Tkw3aEstc…/view…)
and on the blog. Cecilia Passaniti will undertake the duty of adding all candidacies in the Official Document.

Again we are stressing the fact that the point of the elections is to create a structure and an official frame as we expand and become more involved with external actors. However, this hierarchy is not aimed at the exclusion of anyone and we invite all the Graduates of Democracy to keep contributing to the debates and creating now proposals to allow this community to grow. Let us not forget the important opportunity provided by the Socialists & Democrats group to discuss our agenda in Brussels next October. Everyone is, in fact, invited and encouraged to input his or her contribution inside and out of the working groups’ topics.

For now, please put forward your candidacy or any suggestion on what needs to be explained further.
Also do not forget to register for voting by sending you email address and full name to: In the next days a Google Doc with the instructions on how to vote and the link will be uploaded. Voting registration ends 07/08/2016, 23:59 CET.

Kind regards,
2016/2017 Board Candidates


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