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Subject: OASIS Emergency Interoperability Member Section Steering Committee Nomination Period Extended to 27 October 2008!

OASIS members:
Two seats on the OASIS Emergency Interoperability (EI) Member Section (MS)
Steering Committee [1] are up for election. All EI MS participants are
invited to nominate qualified candidates and/or serve on the Steering
Committee. If you aren't currently active in the EI Member Section, now is a
great time to join.
The OASIS Emergency Interoperability (EI) Member Section accelerates the
development, adoption, application, and implementation of emergency
interoperability and communications standards and related work. EI endeavors
to represent and serve the needs of all constituents, from practitioners to
technology providers and national, international and multinational oversight
The nomination and election procedures for the Steering
Committee is defined by the OASIS Member Section Policy [2] and the EI
Member Section Rules of Procedure [3]. 
There are five elected members on the EI Steering Committee; each
serve a two-year term. The elections are staggered annually to assure
continuity of leadership. The two candidates receiving the highest ranked
votes will each serve two-year terms. 
Any EI MS participant [4] may nominate or be nominated as a candidate for
the Steering Committee. Any OASIS member may join the EI MS [5]. The process
is simple but it must be completed during the nomination period to submit a
Each EI MS Supporting Entity has one Qualified Elector who casts the
single vote on behalf of his/her organization. Unless otherwise designated,
the organization's Primary Representative serves as the Qualified Elector.
The Primary Rep may defer the voting member role to another employee member
by sending an email to member-services@oasis-open.org; any such change
should be in place before the ballot is cast. 
Nominations will be held from 19-September-2008 through 27 - October-2008. 
The election will be held 29 -October-2008 through 12 – November -2008. 
Any EI MS participant may nominate a candidate via email to:
Prior to being confirmed as a candidate, each nominee must: 
1. Accept the nomination;
2. Confirm his/her ability to meet the time commitments of the position
(participation in a two-hour teleconference each month, promote the work of
the Member Section).
3. **Provide background information and a position statement describing
his/her qualifications and motivations for serving on the Steering
Committee; and
4. Be a participant in the EI Member Section. 
The two new Steering Committee members will be selected by the EI MS
Qualified Electors, using the Single Transferable Voting (STV) process -
Scottish  Method [6]. STV considers each voter's ranked preference for
candidates, in order to more accurately reflect the wishes of the
electorate. EI MS Qualified Electors will be sent detailed voting
instructions separately. 
Results will be announced immediately after they are tabulated and
We encourage all Emergency Interoperability participants to consider serving
on the Steering Committee. Please contact (member-services@oasis-open.org)
with any questions you might have regarding this process. 
[1] http://www.oasis-emergency.org/steering-committee
[2] http://www.oasis-open.org/who/ms_policy.php   
[3] http://www.oasis-emergency.org/RoP
[4] http://www.oasis-emergency.org/members
[5] http://www.oasis-emergency.org/join
[6] http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Single_transferable_vote
Feel free to contact me with any questions or concerns.
Dee Schur, Manager of Member Support
OASIS: Advancing open standards for the information society
+1.978.667.5115 x211



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