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  • CSA elections 2012: More on the process



    If there were ever any doubt that the current CSA election run-up is a work in progress, this piece ought to set that neatly to rest.

    Last week, bolstered by fresh info from in and around the CSA Nominations Committee, Onward! tried to outline the election procedure for the six new regional elected board seats, which will be filled in an election on May 5.

    Turns out, we got about half way there. New stuff started pouring in almost immediately. So here’s a more thorough re-bash of last week’s bit.


    (And you and I aren’t the only ones who are confused, folks. As I said, the sources are impeccably placed, but they’re just learning the new material, too.)

    As reported, all the nominees from all the regions toss their names into a single hat.

    Everyone then votes, and whoever’s got 50% is welcomed to the CSA board. If no one gets there, the bottom vote getter drops off, and the process repeats.

    Some version of this will eventually be needed for all six board seats. Apparently, if you drop off one ballot, you’re still eligible when the next seat comes up for grabs.

    What we didn’t know:

    While a three-year term will be standard going forward, not everyone elected this May gets to stay for three years. The first two seats filled – whatever region they’re from – are three-year terms. The next two get two years; the final pair just one.

    This is so re-elections can occur on a staggered basis, and the CSA doesn’t have to face blowing up the entire elected component of its board every three years.

    Practical upshoot? The prospective candidates have no idea how long a term they’re running for.

    This makes things a lot more interesting – and less predictable.

    The overwhelming weight of the voters is dominated by the provinces – the large provinces especially, Ontario alone holding 25% of the votes. (We’ll break this all down on Thursday.)

    This means the big provinces have a significant say in who the regional reps from the smaller regions shall be, which should create some interesting politicking – and grumbling – as election day approaches.

    More in a couple of days – and we should have some actual on-the-record stuff soon.


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