At the time of the discussion of abolishing it, I suggested that 4 or 5 would preferred. There just isn't enough active member to support a 12 member council.
To be fair, a great deal of the criticism stated the systemic problem and specific members were not mentioned. However, the nature of the criticism would make it difficult for anyone who was strong part of the CdeC not to take the discussion personal. Unfortunately, I do not think there was a more reasonable approach to the CdeC's removal. It is little consequence; we went from incessant monotonous elections to apparently incessant meaningless proposals.