Wednesday, July 24, 2024

Victoria’s next Electoral Commissioner appointed

The Victorian Government today confirmed the appointment of Victoria’s new Electoral Commissioner, with public sector executive, Sven Bluemmel, to take up the position.

In a statement, the Government said Mr Bluemmel had led high-profile statutory bodies across multiple jurisdictions and has served as Victoria’s Information Commissioner since 2017.

With much of his career dedicated to maintaining the highest standards of integrity and independence, Mr Bluemmel is ideally placed to lead the Victorian Electoral Commission (VEC), said Minister for Government Services, Danny Pearson.

“Fair and impartial elections are at the heart of democracy in Victoria and as a highly regarded figure in the public sector, Sven Bluemmel is the ideal person to take on this role,” said Mr Pearson.

“I want to thank Warwick Gately for his service as Electoral Commissioner over the past 10 years, overseeing three state elections and implementing landmark reforms to Victoria’s electoral laws in 2018.

Mr Bluemmel replaces Warwick Gately AM who retired in April following a decade in the role. In this time, Mr Gately oversaw a number of important projects, including the delivery of three state elections and two local government general elections.

Mr Bluemmel’s 10-year term will begin on 15 August.

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