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					THE ELECTORAL OFFICE FOR NORTHERN IRELAND
Chief Electoral Officer: Douglas Bain CBE TD Advocate
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3 Floor, St Anne’s House, 15 Church Street, Belfast BT1 1ER Telephone: 0800 4320 712
                                                            Fax:        028 9023 5612
                                                            Textphone: 0800 3284 502
                                                            Email:    info@eoni.org.uk
                                                            Website: www.eoni.org.uk



                                                                                         13 October 2009

                EMBARGOED UNTIL 00.01hrs WEDNESDAY 14 OCTOBER 2009

                     NEW ASSISTANT CHIEF ELECTORAL OFFICER

  Douglas Bain the Chief Electoral Officer has announced Graham Shields as the new
  Assistant Chief Electoral Officer. He replaces June Butler who left the Electoral Office at
  the end of September.

  Mr Shields will be responsible for the smooth running of the forthcoming General Election
  and for the management of four of the Area Electoral Offices. He will also perform a
  number of key roles in Headquarters functions.

  Commenting on the appointment Douglas Bain said:

  “I am delighted that the selection process found someone of Graham Shields
  calibre to fill the position so ably held by June Butler since 2002. The Assistant
  Chief Electoral Officer plays a key role in the delivery of free and fair elections as
  well as in the management of the Electoral Office and its staff. I am very much
  looking forward to working with Graham and drawing on his wealth of
  management experience in the run up to the General Election.”

  Mr Shields will take up appointment in January 2010 upon leaving the PSNI where he
  currently holds the rank of Chief Superintendent.


  Notes to Editors

  Mr Shields was selected by a panel following a public recruitment exercise. He was one
  of seven candidates interviewed for the post.

  He has been District Commander of the PSNI’s C District since 1 April 2007. That District
  covers Ards, Castlereagh, North Down and Down.

  Mr Shields will work as one of two Assistant Chief Electoral Officers.

				
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