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    In various parliamentary systems, a returning officer is responsible for overseeing elections in one or more constituencies.

    Contents

    1 Australia 2 Canada 3 Germany 4 Hong Kong 5 India 6 Ireland 7 New Zealand 8 Singapore

    8.1 List of returning officers

    9 Sri Lanka 10 United Kingdom

    10.1 General elections

    10.2 Recall petitions

    10.3 Local elections

    11 References 12 See also

    Australia[edit]

    In Australia a returning officer is an employee of the Australian Electoral Commission or a state electoral commission who heads the local divisional office full-time, and oversees elections in their division, or an employee of a private firm which carries out elections and/or ballots in the private and/or public sectors, or anyone who carries out any election and/or ballot for any group or groups.

    Canada[edit]

    In Canada, at the federal level, the returning officer of an electoral district is appointed for a ten-year term by the Chief Electoral Officer. The returning officer is responsible for handling the electoral process in the riding,[1] and updating the National Register of Electors with current information about voters in the electoral district to which they are appointed.[2] Before enactment of the Canada Elections Act in 2000, in the case of a tie between the two leading candidates in an election, the returning officer would cast the deciding vote.[3] Since 2000, a tie between two leading candidates automatically results in a by-election.[4]

    The provinces and territories of Canada each have their own returning officers.

    Germany[edit]

    Germany has a Federal Returning Officer and a returning officer in each state.

    Hong Kong[edit]

    In Hong Kong, the returning officer is usually an administrative officer[5] of the government.[6]

    India[edit]

    The returning officer of a parliamentary or assembly constituency is responsible for the conduct of elections in the parliamentary or assembly constituency concerned as per the Representation of the People Act, 1951. Returning officer is the head of elections in a particular constituency. Generally, in the case of Lok Sabha elections, it is the District Magistrate and in the case of state assembly elections, it is the Sub-Divisional Magistrate who is ex-officio returning officer. Returning officer is the statutory authority to conduct the polling, counting process and to decide validity of ballot paper and election commission has no power to overrule him or her.[7]

    The Election Commission of India nominates or designates an officer of the government or a local authority as the returning officer for each of the assembly and parliamentary constituencies in consultation with the state government/union territory administration. In addition, the Election Commission of India also appoints one or more assistant returning officers for each of the assembly and parliamentary constituencies to assist the returning officer in the performance of his functions in connection with the conduct of elections.[8]

    Ireland[edit]

    In the Republic of Ireland, the post of returning officer in Dublin and Cork is held by the city sheriff, and in the other areas by the county registrar of the area (a senior court official). For local elections, the position is held by the administrative head of the local council. The returning officer for presidential elections and referendums is a senior official in the franchise section of the Department of the Environment.

    New Zealand[edit]

    In New Zealand, the Returning Officer is in charge of overseeing the voting process in each electorate.[9]

    Singapore[edit]

    The Returning Officer (RO) is in charge of overseeing the conduct of parliamentary (by-elections and general elections) and presidential elections.[10] The Returning Officer declares results for the parliamentary general elections and the presidential elections in the following manner:

    For single member constituencies (SMCs):

    (Before 2015) Parliamentary general election . Results for the electoral division of . , , . , , . Rejected votes, . Total votes cast, . The local votes counted for the electoral division of are conclusive of the results. Pursuant to Section 49, Subsection 7E, Paragraph A of the Parliamentary Elections Act, I declare of the as the candidate elected for the electoral division of .

    (After 2015) Results for . , , . , , . Total votes cast for the candidates, . Rejected votes, . The votes cast in Singapore counted for are conclusive of the results. I declare of the as the candidate elected for .

    For group representation constituencies (GRCs):

    (Before 2015) Parliamentary general election . Results for the electoral division of . , , . , , . Rejected votes, . Total votes cast, . The local votes counted for the electoral division of are conclusive of the results. Pursuant to Section 49, Subsection 7E, Paragraph A of the Parliamentary Elections Act, I declare of the as the group of candidates elected for the electoral division of .

    (After 2015) Results for . , , . , , . Total votes cast for the candidates, . Rejected votes, . The votes cast in Singapore counted for are conclusive of the results. I declare of the as the group of candidates elected for .

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    Who acts as the district returning officer at the district level?

    Collector At the district level the Election Commission of India is assisted by the collector who acts as the district returning officer He also appoints a returning officer for every constituency in the district

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    [Solved] Who among the following acts as the District Election Office

    For the Election Commission, at the district level, District Collector acts as the district election officer. The returning officer is responsible for the co

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    Who among the following acts as the District Election Officer for the Election Commission of India?

    Tahsildar Police Commissioner District Collector

    Sub-Divisional officer

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    Option 3 : District Collector

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    For the Election Commission, at the district level, District Collector acts as the district election officer.

    The returning officer is responsible for the conduct of elections in the parliamentary or assembly constituency whereas District Election Officer will supervise the Election process in the District.

    The returning officer is the statutory authority to conduct the polling, counting process and to decide the validity of ballot paper and EVM.

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