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Official BFS Statement Concerning Awards.
« on: October 09, 2011, 10:15:43 AM »
Posted on behalf of BFS Committee:

Following the recent public allegations made regarding this yearís British Fantasy Awards, The British Fantasy Society Committee would like to state for the record that it is our firm belief that no corruption or wrongdoing took place during the administration of the British Fantasy Awards, and that in this respect all awards should still stand as presented. We confirm that the summation of the votes cast was performed electronically and once the results were checked they were confirmed and verified by another member of the committee.

As Chairman of the Society, Davidís responsibilities made him duty bound to fill in for committee members if they were unable to perform their nominated tasks, and in this case he was forced to step in when the actual awards administrator was unable to continue due to personal issues. Having to organise the awards at short notice, and with no-one else on the Committee able to assist due to time constraints, David was obliged to organise everything connected with the presentation of the Awards.

David did not have any involvement with the nominations, short listing or the voting process, other than the with the awards administration (procuring the statuettes, plaques, etc) and we are happy that the voting/counting process was 100% accurate within the scope of the current rules. We therefore completely exonerate David from any wrongdoing in the administration of the 2011 Awards.

David has worked extremely hard for the society this past year and has, we believe, raised the profile of the BFS significantly with the changes he has instigated and the work he has put in. We are very sorry, therefore that this situation, and the words of members of the society aimed personally at David, have forced him into a position to tender his resignation. The Committee regretfully respects his decision to stand down.

There are several issues, notably the awards procedure, that need to be addressed going forward in order to maintain the integrity of the society. These measures are already being discussed and will be announced and implemented as soon as practicable.

Ramsey Campbell
President, British Fantasy Society

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Re: Official BFS Statement Concerning Awards.
« Reply #1 on: October 09, 2011, 12:02:24 PM »
I'm sure David didn't do anything wrong in the administration of the awards, and I regret his decision to stand down, because I know that leaves the society in a fix. Though I've had my disagreements with him, the mailings have been regular and everything seemed to be going well.

I'm sure the results of the awards would have been exactly the same if I had still been the awards administrator.

I haven't seen any accusations of vote-rigging anywhere, except in the article in the Express. Stephen Jones comes close, in suggesting that the online voting would tend to benefit certain people, but even he doesn't suggest that the votes that were cast have been miscounted.

However, if the BFS committee feels that David needs to be exonerated from any such suggestion, the awards constitution allows for an audit of the awards and that would be the appropriate way to do it, rather than a declaration by the committee.

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Re: Official BFS Statement Concerning Awards.
« Reply #2 on: October 09, 2011, 11:16:02 PM »
David did not have any involvement with the nominations, short listing or the voting process, other than the with the awards administration (procuring the statuettes, plaques, etc) ...

Sorry to be difficult, but this post seems to give the impression that David was involved with the shortlisting: http://www.britishfantasysociety.co.uk/forum/index.php?topic=2989.msg21222#msg21222

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Re: Official BFS Statement Concerning Awards.
« Reply #3 on: October 10, 2011, 06:48:18 PM »
Deeply saddened by all this; as I said on the BFS Awards thread, David is one of the most genuine human beings I've ever met - the only thing he's gulity of in this whole debacle is being naive in thinking a kerfuffle wouldn't have arisen. But, hey, being naive is often a 'character flaw' of nice people. Great world we live in when nice people get crucified, innit?