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To designate, select, or assign authority to a position or an office.

Although sometimes used interchangeably, elect and appoint do not have the same meaning. Election refers to the selection of a public officer by the qualified voters of the community, and appointment refers to the selection of a public officer by one authorized by law to do so.

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to nominate (a person), under a power granted in a deed or will, to take an interest in property.
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Commandant of 34 Battalion PAC, Varanasi, Vinod Kumar Mishra, was appointed as SP (Kushinagar) and Vipin Kumar Mishra was made Commandant of 34 Battalion, PAC.
Meanwhile, Inspector Ahmad Adnan Tariq was transferred from Police Lines and appointed as SHO Rodala Road police station while Syed Ahmad Muneel Shah was transferred from Police Lines and appointed as SHO Mansoorabad police station.
Minister for Communications and Information Technology, Gokul Prasad Banskota has been appointed as in-charge of Kavrepalanchowk district.
Fazal Hakeem, Regional Election Commissioner (REC) Peshawar, has been appointed Returning Officer (RO) for PK-100 Bajaur-I, PK-101 Bajaur-II, PK-102 Bajaur-III.
Mr Baatlhodi Noge has been appointed on promotion to Director - Finance Administration in the Ministry of Finance and Economic Development.
Insurance commissioner: Beth Dwyer, appointed in 2016.
Peter Nkubitu was appointed to be the chairperson of the board of the Kenya national trading corporation for a period of three years with effect from December 14.
BOARD MEMBERSJubilee Party National Elections Board chairman Andrew Musangi was appointed the chairperson of the Public Procurement Regulatory Board, alongside Jubilee Party Dispute Resolution Tribunal chairperson Faith Waigwa - who now takes over as Public Procurement Administrative Review Board, replacing Mr Paul Gicheru who moves to chair the Export Processing Zones Authority.Former MP Yusuf Chanzu was appointed member of the Board of Directors of the Consolidated Bank Limited.
SDPO Aabpara ASP Mohammad Omar was appointed as SP Diplomatic Protection Department, SDPO Shalimar ASP Syed Aziz as SP Secretariat Security Group (SSG) and SDPO Secretariat ASP Zohaib Nasrullah Ranjha was sent to Saddar as SDPO.
Yusif Safarov has been appointed head of the new Department for Civil Service and Personnel Issues.
Ishrat Ali, a BS-21 officer, who was serving as the Director-General of Immigration and Passports, has been appointed as the new CDA chairman.