On 19 August 2017, Lena De Winne, the CEO and Vice-President of NGO Asgardia held another Q&A session online . One of the more pressing topics was about what’s happening in leadership elections.
“First of all, everybody who has voted in support of the Constitution is entitled to present him or herself as a leader,” explained De Winne. “Leaders come, as you can see on asgardia.space, in four categories. Category one is a leader who represents 10 people. This is a very local representation. Then there is a leader for 100 people, for 1,000 people, for 10,000 people. [Of those,] you can vote for anybody worldwide. But as a voter you can vote only once.”
What if you voted and then changed your mind? “If somebody else came along and presented themselves and you changed your mind, you can re-vote (until the voting has finished). But then the person you voted for originally loses your vote. So, you need to be very careful about your decisions because you’re only entitled to one vote for each level, which are 10, 100, 1,000 and 10,000 people, accordingly,” De Winne explained.
De Winne reminded viewers that you can only position yourself as a leader for one level. She said, “at the moment, there is a moderation process and those who do not meet those requirements get notifications, but then eventually if one keeps not meeting the requirements, their candidacy will be removed.”
As for what makes a candidate legitimate, she said that it’s utterly important to run your campaign under your real name and a photo of your face. You also must be at least 18 years of age.
“And, of course, the very important thing is the platform,” she said. De Winne urged leaders to “have some kind of program. What are you standing for? What do you want to lead the community towards? We create the infrastructure and the system that supports candidates for leadership to express themselves, but it’s up to the candidates to be vocal about what they stand for.”
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