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Returning Officer—Job Description

A federal returning officer (RO) is responsible for the delivery and control of federal electoral events within the electoral district for which he or she is appointed.

Reporting relationship

The federal RO is appointed by and reports to the Chief Electoral Officer.

Key activities


Plans and prepares for an election by carrying out pre-event tasks that include but are not limited to the following:

Plans and organizes the delivery of access to voting:

Manages and controls financial, material and human resources:

Administers the Canada Elections Act:

Communicates information to the public, candidates and political parties:

Communications with Elections Canada personnel:

Contributes to the improvement of the electoral process:

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