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.
Dr. Archer was recommended for appointment by Official Opposition leader David Swann to Alberta’s most recent Electoral Boundaries Commission, which determined the constituency boundaries for the next provincial election. His most recently published books include Quasi-Democracy? Parties and Leadership Selection in Alberta (written with David Stewart) and Regionalism and Party Politics in Canada (written with Lisa Young).