Debian Project reelects Stefano Zacchiroli as Project Leader

April 15th, 2012

In accordance with its constitution, the Debian Project has just reelected Stefano Zacchiroli for a third year as Debian Project Leader. More than 80% of voters put him as their first choice (or equal first) on their ballot papers. This is the first time in the history of the project that a candidate wins in three consecutive years.

Stefano's large majority over his opponents shows how satisfied the Debian project is with his work so far, and its wish for him to represent the project during one last term — Stefano has already announced he won't be seeking reelection again next year. Wouter Verhelst and Gergely Nagy also gained a lot of support from Debian project members, both coming hundreds of votes ahead of the None of the above ballot choice.

Stefano has been a Debian Developer since March 2001 and was a long-term contributor to several core services such as Debian's Package Tracking System and its Quality Assurance Team. He became Debian Project Leader in 2010, then in 2011 was reelected unopposed. After it was announced that he had won this year's election, Stefano said: I'm flattered by the trust that Debian members have put in me in the past, and now renewed with this election. I've a lot of admiration for democratic processes, and I couldn't be happier to have been chosen to serve as DPL for another year. I suspect my agenda for the year will be quite packed and, in parallel, I'll do my best to make myself replaceable.

Debian uses the Condorcet voting method for project leader elections. The detailed election results can be found at the voting page.

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