To be a Returning Officer is to accept a huge responsibility. You are at the heart of the election in your district and must conduct the election according to the standards of the Chief Electoral Officer and the Elections Act.
If you were a Returning Officer, your duties would include:
You could be removed from the office at any time if you:
How Do You Get the Job?
Appointed by Nova Scotia’s Chief Electoral Officer for a 10-year period, a provincial returning officer administers the electoral process in the electoral district in which he or she lives. The position calls for broad management experience and a variety of skills. The work is diverse, challenging and rewarding. And, by its nature, it is impartial and non-partisan.
The election clerks in each electoral district and assistant returning officers in selected electoral districts are appointed by the returning officer in consultation with the Chief Electoral Officer and serves for the duration of an electoral event. There is no residency requirement for an election clerk or assistant returning officer.
- List of Returning Officers, May 2013 (PDF)
- Returning Officer Job Description (PDF)
- Election Clerk Job Description (PDF)