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2020 Government Steering Committee Elections

Overview

Three government seats will open in the Steering Committee (SC) on October 1, 2020 as the terms of Canada, Italy and South Africa come to an end. Out of these three SC members, only South Africa is not eligible to run for reelection as it has served for the maximum allowed two consecutive terms, as outlined in the OGP Articles of Governance. The governments of Canada and Italy are eligible to run for a second term should they choose to do so.

Criteria to Run for a Government Seat on the Steering Committee

  1. Improved or maintained their Core Eligibility Scores since submitting a letter of intent to join OGP;
  2. Acted in accordance with the OGP Declaration;
  3. Acted in accordance with OGP processes for the most recently completed Action Plan cycle (i.e. the country must not have acted Contrary to Process, as set out in Article II.B.4);
  4. Paid their financial contribution to OGP, as set out in Article VI.B; and
  5. Complied with the minimum Participation and Co-creation Standards set out in Addendum C.

In addition to the above requirements, current government members of the SC running for re-election must have regularly attended and actively participated in meetings of the SC and the SC subcommittees, with Ministerial-level participation where applicable.

Note: Regarding the financial contributions criteria, for the 2020 elections, all governments, with the exception of those who have consecutively acted contrary to OGP process or values*, are permitted to participate. This recommendation follows the precedent of the 2018 and 2019 elections which would otherwise prevent more than half of all OGP members from participating, thus potentially undermining the credible and democratic nature of this process. A review of these criteria will be undertaken in 2020.

* Azerbaijan currently under Response Policy suspension

Regional Balance

Per the Articles of Governance, the SC should be comprised of a minimum of one and a maximum of four governments from each of the four regions (Africa, Americas, Asia and Europe). To stay within the regional balance parameters, the maximum allocation per region of the three seats becoming vacant in 2020 is as follows: 3 for Africa, 3 for Americas, 1 for Asia-Pacific, and 1 for Europe.

Current composition of the SC: 

Government Region Current Term Ends  Eligible for re-election in 2020?
Argentina (Lead Co-Chair 2019-2020) Americas 2021 (first term) N/A
Canada  Americas 2020 (first term ends September 30, 2020) Yes
France Europe 2021 (second term) N/A
Georgia Asia-Pacific 2022 (second term) N/A
Germany Europe 2022 (first term) N/A
Indonesia Asia – Pacific 2022 (first term) N/A
Italy Europe 2020 (first term ends September 30,  2020) Yes
Nigeria Africa 2021 (first term) N/A
Romania Europe 2021 (second term) N/A
South Africa  Africa 2020 (second term ends September 30, 2020) No: Served maximum two consecutive terms allowed
South Korea (Incoming Co-Chair 2020 – 2021) Asia-Pacific 2021 (first term) N/A

Voting

Should there be more eligible candidates than seats available, a vote will be held. All OGP governments who are eligible** to vote will receive the list of candidates and instructions to cast their vote according to the timeline below. The voting process is administered electronically by an independent third-party company; the Support Unit only receives the final results. It is a secret ballot. Additional details regarding the voting process will be provided in due course.

** Governments currently placed under Procedural Review or Response Policy suspension (Azerbaijan) are not eligible to participate in the SC elections. Members of the OGP Local programme are also currently not eligible to participate in the SC elections.

Process to submit candidacy

Candidate governments must submit a letter of candidacy signed at Ministerial level expressing the government’s interest to serve on the SC (including participating in monthly subcommittee calls and in-person meetings). Letter should include:

  • Motivation for standing for election to the OGP SC;
  • Track record on open government issues;
  • Strengths the government will bring to the SC and how it intends to contribute to OGP’s leadership through its participation in the SC; and
  • Envisioned role and involvement of other government bodies (head of state/government, other ministries, foreign affairs and diplomatic networks) to advance OGP priorities and represent OGP globally.

Letters should be addressed to the four OGP co-chairs (see here) and be sent to jaime.mercado@opengovpartnership.org by February 21, 2020.

Timeline

January 13 – February 21  Launch call for expressions of interest
February 24-28  GL endorsement of candidates
March 6 – April 3  Voting period
April 7  Results announced
July 15  Deadline for co-chair expressions of interest