05/16/2012 08:21 EDT | Updated 07/16/2012 05:12 EDT

New chief electoral officer appointed to head Elections Nova Scotia

HALIFAX - The office responsible for supervising elections in Nova Scotia has a new chief electoral officer.

Richard Temporale is the first person appointed to the position at Elections Nova Scotia under the province's new Elections Act.

The Speaker's Office says seven candidates were interviewed by the selection panel which included representatives from each political party and the head of the Nova Scotia Elections Commission.

Temporale has been the province's assistant chief electoral officer since September 2008.

He had previously worked with Elections Ontario and with municipal elections with the City of Toronto.