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DA Japan Leadership:

John Baumlin
| National Chair, Democrats Abroad Japan
Kiyoko Ayukawa
| National Vice Chair, Democrats Abroad Japan
Anna Costello
| National Secretary, Democrats Abroad Japan
Dave Brauer
| National Treasurer, Democrats Abroad Japan
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    Democrats Abroad Japan Announcement of Kansai Chapter Election for 2019


    The Kansai Nomination and Election Committee (KNEC) of Democrats Abroad Japan (DAJ) is proud to call upon our Kansai membership to submit their nominations for the 2019 Kansai Chapter Election. The call for nominations is for the following positions:

    • Chair of Kansai Chapter
    • Vice-Chair of Kansai Chapter
    • Secretary of Kansai Chapter
    • Treasurer of Kansai Chapter

    If you are interested in holding an officer position, you must fulfill the following requirements in order to qualify:

    • Be a member in good standing pursuant Article III of the By-Laws of Democrats Abroad Japan. You can confirm your membership by signing into DemocratsAbroad.org.
    • Not be completing a 2ndconsecutive term for the office in question, as per the term limits set out in our by-laws pursuant to Article X, Section 1: “No National, or Chapter Officer, nor any Members-at-Large can serve more than two (2) consecutive terms in the same position.”
    • In the case of running for Chair or Vice Chair, pursuant to Article V, Section 1, “The Chair and Vice Chair shall not be of the same-sex.”


    Nomination Procedure

    In order to join the election process, members may nominate themselves or another member by sending an e-mail to dajkansainec2019@gmail.com no later than midnight Japan time on August 22nd. All nomination emails should include the following:

    1. Complete name of the person nominated.
    2. Contact information including phone number, mailing address, and email address.
    3. Name of the nominated position.

    The KNEC has enclosed a calendar of the important dates regarding the election cycle so that we can ensure a transparent and fair election process, which can be accessed here. Please direct all questions to the KNEC by email: dajkansainec2019@gmail.com.

    We look forward to receiving your nominations!



    Kansai Nomination and Election Committee

    Kiyoko Ayukawa
    Anna Costello
    John Baumlin


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    Announcement regarding Kansai Chapter Election

    Members of the Democrats Abroad Japan Kansai Chapter,

    Thank you for participating in the recent Kansai Chapter election. Democrats Abroad aims to host fair and transparent elections and give everyone an equal opportunity for candidacy and voting.

    Unfortunately, we regret to inform that the election did not directly follow procedures as described by the Country Committee Election Procedures. Specifically, there were 4 issues.

    1. The Kansai Nomination and Election Committee (NEC) consisted of 2 members when the NEC should have at least 3 members. (2a)

    2. There was no submission regarding the vote counts and meeting minutes. (1d, 3a, 3m, 3n)

    3. The Chair-elect and Vice-Chair elect were not registered members of Democrats Abroad when they ran for office. (5a1)

    4. Ballots were not officially distributed to all membership. Ballots were sent out to members on the activist mailing list and made public on the DAJK facebook page, but not through the DAJ website or email. (9d1, 9d2)

    Due to these issues, the Kansai Chapter election results cannot be accepted, and the elections will be reheld.

    A new Kansai Nomination and Election Committee has been appointed, and we aim to run this second election as smoothly and quickly as possible. On Friday August 16th, we will send out an announcement opening the call for nominations and informing you about the election schedule. The announcement will be set out via email and posted on the Democrats Abroad Japan website. If you have any further questions, you may address them to the committee at dajkansainec2019@gmail.com.

    Thank you for your understanding, and we look forward to your participation!


    Kansai Nomination and Election Committee

    Kiyoko Ayukawa

    Anna Costello

    John Baumlin

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