itSMF risks instability and constitutional crisis through high-handed elimination of election candidates
[updated]On contemplating the recent nominations for the itSMF International Board and Chair, I wonder if any other readers share my concern that 5 out of 12 candidates were eliminated on a technicality? Especially a technicality that the current Board and Chair might not have met...
Yes, one candidate for Chair and four candidates for the Board were eliminated because the nominating chapter or the candidate's chapter had not paid dues.
Now it seems to me that any chapter that is deliberately withholding dues would be most unlikely to be nominating someone, especially since the requirement was made clear in the paperwork distributed with the call for nominations.
Therefore it seems to me that there has at best been a breakdown in communications between International and the chapters (which will come as no suprise to anyone) or at worst there is a systematic attempt to eliminate some persons on the basis of a technicality. For example at least one person was eliminated becuase the nominating chapter had not paid dues even though the candidate's home chapter had. This strikes me as unsporting, pedantic and mischievous.
If International were operating in good faith with the best interests of the Chapters at heart and in the spirit of democratic representation, then I would have thought a more appropriate response would be to assume that it is an oversight, draw the Chapter's attention to the deficiency, and require the dues to be paid within a certain period if they wished top proceed with the nomination.
And I wonder how many of the existing Board and Chair would comply with the requirement that their chapter and nominating chapter BOTH be current on payment of dues at the time they were nominated? (readers may guess I know the answer to this question)
Is the requirement for payment of dues based on:
a) The Articles of Association that were current at the time the existing Board was elected or...
b) the unratified and therefore unconstitutional draft "Rules""
The IT Swami predicts that this high-handed response will generate great ill-will in an already unstable organisation, and quite possibly lead to a constitutional crisis.