GG salutes Trawen as true servant of people


Governor-General Sir Bob Dadae has expressed sadness at the passing of former Electoral Commissioner Sir Andrew Trawen.
“I wish to extend on behalf of Lady Hannah my sincere condolences to Lady Anna and children Alcinda, Charlene and Brendan. You are in our thoughts and prayers,” he said.
Sir Bob described Sir Andrew as a dedicated, faithful and humble servant of the people who devoted most his life to serve the country as an electoral commission officer from his young adulthood to retirement in 2014.
“He was involved in our country’s first national general elections as an officer in 1977 and Chief Electoral Commissioner in 2007 and 2012,” Sir Bob said.
“Despite the challenges associated with administering elections, Sir Andrew always endeavoured to deliver the best possible outcomes and during his time as Chief Electoral Commissioner, successfully introduced the LPV voting system.
“For his outstanding service and contribution to the Office of the Electoral Commission and to our nation, Sir Andrew Trawen was awarded Officer of the Most Excellent Order of British Empire (OBE), Companion of the Most Distinguished Order of Saint Michael and Saint George (CMG) and in 2015, received the Honour of Knight as Knight Bachelor (Kt), in the 2015 Queen’s Birthday Honours.”

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