Electoral Commission Appointments

August 30th, 2010 at 2:20 pm by David Farrar

Simon Power announced last week:

The Government today named two members of the new Electoral Commission, which has been created as part of the Government’s wider programme of electoral reform.

Justice Sir Hugh Williams QC has been appointed chairperson, while will be Chief Electoral Officer.

There should be no controversy over these appointments. Sir Hugh is the current president of the (old) , and Mr Peden was the Chief Electoral Officer, of the old Chief Electoral Office in the Ministry of Justice. Both very solid choices.

One further Commissioner is to be appointed, and he or she will automatically be Deputy Chairperson.

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6 Responses to “Electoral Commission Appointments”

  1. Graeme Edgeler (3,289 comments) says:

    There should be no controversy over these appointments…

    Wasn’t Robert Peden the person who complained over the Labour Pledge Card?

    :-)

    [DPF: No that was David Henry, the former CEO who by coincidence is now the Acting Chief Executive of the Electoral Commision]

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  2. Adolf Fiinkensein (2,914 comments) says:

    GE, how pedentic!

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  3. Graeme Edgeler (3,289 comments) says:

    [DPF: No that was David Henry, the former CEO who by coincidence is now the Acting Chief Executive of the Electoral Commision]

    No – David Henry was the Chief Electoral Officer who considered the complaint and referred it to the police.

    Robert Peden laid the complaint.

    [DPF: Really? What was his role at the time. I thought Steven Joyce was the complainant]

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  4. Graeme Edgeler (3,289 comments) says:

    [DPF: Really? What was his role at the time. I thought Steven Joyce was the complainant]

    Deputy Chief Electoral Officer. He complained to his boss.

    Perhaps Steven Joyce complained about the spending, rather than the absence of the promoter statement? Or complained as well? Or to the Auditor-General (I thought that was McCully?) I can’t say I’ve seen the complaint, but I do have it on pretty good authority.

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  5. Jimbob (641 comments) says:

    Gee that Woman really did anything she liked.

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  6. Guy Fawkes (702 comments) says:

    Now we have a good Government, I think we should stop appointing Electoral Folk and just ban any further elections.

    Just like Comrade Klark was planning to do. Along with regulating our shower pressures.

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