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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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The governor, while maintaining that the appointees demonstrated capability, capacity and competence, lauded the state's civil service for producing quality personnel with unrivalled knowledge and capability in service delivery.
Also belonging to Duterte's list of top military appointees include Information and Communications Technology Secretary Gringo Honasan, Environment Secretary Roy Cimatu, Interior and Local Government Secretary Eduardo Ano, Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana, and Social Welfare Secretary Rolando Bautista, among others
Makueni Senator Mutula Kilonzo said it is a shame that most of the political appointees are selected to enhance a certain agenda and in most instances never pass the integrity test.
In the upcoming days, the President's Office will continue to publish the financial statements of all senior political appointees at all ministries, state institutions, and state companies that will be revised annually.
One of the appointees, Fred Volcansek, served as a senior adviser to Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross for several months and was an advance staffer organizing events for Donald Trump's campaign.
The vote on appointees also followed the Dallas City Council's decision in May to remove Carrizales, the DART board's former vice chair.
Appointees who share and actively promote the president's political philosophy can both signal a president's political intent and advance presidential goals at the bureaucratic level.
The positions for which applicants are being sought currently are held by Carl Domino, Jupiter, and Hala Sandridge, Tampa (Foundation appointees); John P.
As President-elect Donald Trump steadily announces a series of controversial cabinet appointees, Democrats on Capitol Hill are mustering what little power they have in the Senate to block, or at least delay, their confirmations.
The shortlist for the two ministerial appointees to the board is believed to have been reduced to eight.
ISLAMABAD -- Declaring 19 appointments illegal in Capital Development Authority (CDA), Federal Ombudsman directed the authority to send home these illegal appointees.
Bader Hamad Al-Essa who presented to His Highness the Crown Prince new appointees to senior posts in the ministry.