An Online Ballot concerning two motions on the introduction of Conferral Judging for a one-year trial period at WSDC 2017 in Bali, Indonesia, as well as expanding the break to 32 teams, has taken place between 16th and 19th April 2017.
Mark Gabriel (Singapore), Chair of the WSDC Tournament Executive Committee, has released the results on 19th APR to the WSDC community.
It reads as follows:
“The online ballot of the World Schools Debating Championships Tournament Committee has now closed.
53 nations were eligible to vote in the ballot.
39 nations cast their votes. The 39 nations which voted were: Argentina, Barbados, Bermuda, Canada, China, Croatia, Czech Republic, Denmark, England, Estonia, Germany, Greece, Hong Kong, Hungary, India, Indonesia, Israel, Korea, Lithuania, Malaysia, Mexico, Morocco, New Zealand, Nigeria, Pakistan, Peru, Philippines, Qatar, Romania, Scotland, Singapore, Slovakia, Slovenia, Sri Lanka, Thailand, Turkey, United Arab Emirates, United States and Wales.
The results of the ballot were as follows –
Proposal A: Conferral Judging for WSDC 2017 – DEFEATED
Therefore there will NOT be conferral judging at WSDC 2017. (Debates will be judged in the same way as they have a previous WSDCs.)
Abstentions – 0
Therefore the break at WSDC 2017 will be further expanded for a 1-year trial period.
– All of this is dependent on there being at least 48 teams competing in the championship. (If less than 48 teams participate, then there will be a 16-team break with no Partial Double Oct-Final round.)
There was a 3rd question in the online ballot asking what delegates would like to do if Proposal B was not passed – but since Proposal B was passed, the responses to this 3rd question are now irrelevant. (Nevertheless if anyone is curious, there were 36 votes for the 24-team break option, 2 votes for the 16-team break option and 1 abstention.)
Chair, WSDC Tournament Committee Executive”