Tuesday, November 10, 2015
Why Pacifica elections are a charade...
It's election time at Pacifica. Will the result reflect the wishes of people who really care for Pacifica? Will it result in yet another ineffective, dishonest WBAI LSB? I planned to post the WBAI Candidates Forum that aired live yesterday, but it was not archived. Here, however, is yesterday's PNB Election Committee meeting. It, too, does not bode well for what's in store, but you may find it illuminating. We start with an excerpted quote from that lengthy telephone conference: National Elections Supervisor, Ms. L. Joy Williams' impression of the culture of Pacifica.
Here it is again in its original context: the full November 9, 2015 PNB Elections Committee Meeting. It is posted sans long pauses, extraneous noises and irrelevant moments, having been mercifully slimmed down from two hours to one by indigopirate, whose summation follows:
Ms Williams points out, and we learn from questions and answers, amongst other things…
WBAI has failed to provide lists of eligible voters and email addresses, even after repeated request of the general manager.
KPFK is, unsurprisingly, no better.
The Pacifica National Board failed to inform her as to their vote on term length.
KPFA appears not to be airing its carts.
The method for counting ballots appears to violate Pacifica’s bylaws.
Several of the Election Committee members feel strongly that they should be able to personally oversee the counting of ballots, even if that would require the ballots being opened, then re-secured, then re-opened under special oversight, even if they’re in Oregon.
Several Election Committee members feel strongly that Ms Williams and her team should personally oversee the scheduling of carts and the verification of their having been played as scheduled, even though this is not in Ms Williams’ mandate.
Ms Williams is well aware that a number of lawsuits challenging elections and election results are already in preparation. — 'indigopirate'