A special all-party committee of MLAs has unanimously recommended that Keith Archer be appointed as B.C.'s chief electoral officer.
Archer is a professor of political science at the University of Calgary and the director of research at the Banff Centre.
"The quality of applicants considered during our process was very high," the committee chair, B.C. Liberal MLA John van Dongen, said in a news release today (May 19). "The committee is confident that Dr. Archer is an excellent choice to fill the position of Chief Electoral Officer. He has impressive knowledge of electoral management, voting systems and a strong record of accomplishments in administration and strategic project management."
Elections B.C. has been without a permanent head for almost a year.
Craig James has been serving as the acting chief electoral officer—overseeing the HST initiative and recall processes, as well as the Vancouver-Point Grey by-election—since Harry Neufeld's term expired in June 2010.
Archer will start the job on September 1. The term of office is two general elections plus one year.
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