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Election officers

Many people have important roles to play on voting day.

Slide your mouse over each person to learn about  his or her role.

The Chief Electoral Officer

  • is responsible for organizing and holding the elections,
  • designates the Poll Officials and prepares them to do their duties,
  • prepares the supplies or has them prepared,
  • declares the official results. 

The Enumerator

  • prepares the voters list,
  • posts the voters list,
  • exercises his or her right to vote.

The Deputy Returning Officer

  • checks that all the elements essential to a polling station are in order (ballot box, ballots, voters list, polling booth, instructions to electors, pencil),
  • makes sure that the ballot box is empty and seals it,
  • is the first person to vote,
  • gives the elector the ballot,
  • directs electors to the polling booth and then asks them to deposit the ballot in the ballot box
  • closes the polling station at the appointed hour,
  • counts the votes in the presence of the poll clerk.

The Poll Clerk

  • helps to set up the polling station,
  • is the second person to vote,
  • crosses out electors’ names as they vote,
  • notes the numbers of votes for each candidate as the deputy returning officer counts the ballots.

The Candidate

  • tries to get elected by the electors by winning a majority of the votes,
  • plans the election campaign together with his or her supporters,
  • prepares the speech explaining his or her position or plans,
  • answers questions from the electors as needed,
  • encourages the electors to vote for him or her,
  • exercises his or her right to vote,
  • accepts the results of the vote.

The Elector

  • ensures that his or her name is on the voters list,
  • listens to what the candidates have to say,
  • asks the candidates questions, if necessary,
  • exercises his or her right to vote,
  • accepts the results of the vote.
The Elector The Chief Electoral Officer The Enumerator The Deputy Returning Officer The Poll Clerk The Candidate

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