The Executive Committee of the Washington, DC Section of IEEE votes AGAINST the proposed constitutional amendment.
Our comments are as follows:
The proposed constitutional changes will eliminate control of IEEE Geographic Entities (Regions), IEEE Technical Societies (Divisions) and the IEEE Assembly over the Board of Directors’ composition. Thus making the Board not accountable to IEEE Organizational Units;
It will also give the Board an opportunity to propose existing Board Members to be nominated for election as future Board Members, creating an apparent conflict of interest;
The required direct election (by more than 300,000 IEEE Members) for all IEEE Board of Directors positions just creates appearance of democracy. Currently the Board has 28 Directors. Every IEEE Member will be expected to educate themselves on the merits of 28 (or more) candidates. This is unrealistic and most likely will result in mechanical approval of the list of candidates compiled by the existing Board;
The still-to-be-written bylaws under the proposed constitution have considerable unknowns but more importantly the bylaws will document the IEEE structure which the Board solely can approve without membership approval;
Due to the above considerations, we strongly encourage IEEE Members to vote AGAINST the proposed Amendment of the IEEE Constitution.”