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The results of the board elections for the .uk domain registrar are in - and it's out with the old and in with the new.

Former member of its Public Advisory Board, Gordon Dick has been elevated to the six-strong deciding unit of Nominet, alongside existing board member Fay Howard. Unfortunately that means Stephen Dyer has been replaced after four years at the top.

Gordon previously said his decision to stand was in order to give Nominet members a choice and added in his election statement that a "regular but steady churn of CoM members helps to invigorate Nominet and ensures that complacency and arrogance does not have a chance to set in".

Well, that what members have voted for - although we can exactly work out how. The board elections are complicated by the fact that 25 per cent of the vote is given equally to each member (one member, one vote) but the remaining 75 per cent is weighted according to how significant that member is - namely how many domains they have registered that year.

Adding further confusion is the formula provided by the Electoral Reform Services. While we have no doubt it is fair and equitable, we can figure out exactly how. See here to try and make some sense of it.

Anyway, in the first round of voting, the 210 returned valid papers gave a weighted voting split of Fay Howard with 12,053, Stephen Dyer with 736 and Gordon Dick struggling with 206. The 2nd stage of voting then produces figures of -1054.66, 25.50 and 1019.49 respectively - which subsequently gave Gordon Dick the highest score with 1225.49, Fay Howard second with 998.34 and last Stephen Dyer with 761.50.

From last to first in one apparently incomprehensible step. See it for yourself here.

Anyway, congratulations to Gordon and Fay, commiserations to Stephen, and pull your socks up to Nominet members who voted in their smallest numbers yet (234 in 2002; 306 in 2003; just 210 this year). ®

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