Electoral Commission Appointments

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 Robert Peden will be Chief Electoral Officer.

There should be no controversy over these appointments. Sir Hugh is the current president of the (old) Electoral Commission, 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.