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returning officer

(in Britain, Canada, Australia, etc.) an official in charge of conducting an election in a constituency or electoral district, who supervises the counting of votes and announces the results
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THE election in Darlington where a Ukip candidate was mistakenly left off ballot papers delivered to a polling station went ahead as normal, the constituency's acting returning officer has said.
Darlington's acting returning officer said the decision had been taken to ensure voters' ballots remained confidential and stressed that Mr Hodgson or other voters "have the right to challenge the outcome".
The acting returning officer failed to spot the error before voting began.
Newcastle Council's chief executive, Pat Ritchie, who is acting returning officer for the elections, said: "Our campaign has really paid off with the number of voters overall in the city now increasing significantly.
Yesterday the acting returning officer for the constituency advised that the by election could be called early next month.
During a House of Commons adjournment debate in July, Ms Jones told fellow MPs: "The organisation of the local elections in Warrington this year revealed both an astonishing degree of incompetence on the part of the acting returning officer, Mrs (Diana) Terris, and a disregard for the basic principles of democracy that was frankly breathtaking.
Mr Crompton urged voters who felt someone was trying to influence them to contact their local acting returning officer.
Acting Returning Officer Philip Robinson said an 'urgent review' of electoral registration and postal voting should be carried out before the next elections in 2006.
Yesterday, the acting returning officer for the constituency advised that the by-election could be called early next month.
The acting returning officer, Peter Smith, ordered a full recount at the Festival Hall leisure centre in Kirkby-in-Ashfield.
Acting returning officer Amanda Skelton said: "It is vital that anyone who is not registered to vote, but wishes to do so, makes contact with us by April 20.
DAVID DAVIS will face 25 other candidates in the Haltemprice and Howden by-election, the acting returning officer has confirmed.