Campaigning is now taking place via forums on the organization's website.
Current board members
The two winners of this week's election will join the five existing members of the group's Board of Directors. The only industry seat currently filled is held by Micky Malka, founder of Ribbit Capital.
Brian Goss, chair of the organization's election committee, explained to CoinDesk that the board was originally expanded from five members to seven last July, due in part to difficulties that resulted from a small number of members.
"The way the board is set up, having five people on the board is tough to get a majority when you need it. It made it tough to pass anything when people were there, except the motion to adjourn."
As such, these latest elections could be welcome to the current board, though no operating issues at the Foundation have been reported in the absence of Shrem or Karpeles.
So far, the elections have had a few technical hitches, resulting in the polling being briefly suspended until the problems were resolved. Goss took to the Bitcoin Foundation's forums today to address the matter.
Speaking to CoinDesk, Goss indicated the issues stemmed from how the system was reading the names of companies, which in turn led to issues with ballot deployment. A separate, earlier issue involving the use of the wrong mailing list was another cause for delay.
Goss wrote on the forum:
Goss said that the voting system bug had been discovered and resolved within a short time, and that no further issues are anticipated.
Seeking strong candidates
At the time, Matonis remarked that a new board member should know how to make the argument for bitcoin.
With voting underway for the rest of the week, it remains to be seen which two candidates will come out on top.
CoinDesk is continuing to monitor this developing story.
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