On May 7, 2012, the Saskatchewan Legislature’s Board of Internal Economy passed a unanimous motion that Michael Boda be appointed Saskatchewan’s new Chief Electoral Officer, by order of the Legislative Assembly and in accordance with the provisions of The Election Act, 1996.
The new Chief Electoral Officer’s term of office officially started on June 1, 2012. It will run until 12 months following the province’s 29th General Election.
Born and raised in Regina, Dr. Boda has offered advice to national and international institutions on issues relating to election administration, law and assessments for 18 years.
He has served on the senior staff of the International Foundation for Electoral Systems (IFES), a Washington, D.C.-based international non-governmental organization dedicated to facilitating improved election administration worldwide.
He has been a visiting research fellow at the Brookings Institution and the National Endowment for Democracy.
For the past decade, he has provided advisory services internationally on electoral issues, working in several different countries, including Jordan, Pakistan, Ghana, Scotland and the United States, with institutions such as the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE), the Inter-Parliamentary Union (IPU), and the Carter Center.
Dr. Boda holds doctorates from Oxford (Law) and Johns Hopkins (Political Science) universities, is an Adjunct Professor at Johns Hopkins University, and has been appointed a Policy Fellow at the Johnson-Shoyama Graduate School of Public Policy at the University of Regina and University of Saskatchewan.