Share this entry

Share this page

returning officer

Syllabification: re·turn·ing of·fi·cer

Definition of returning officer in English:

noun

(In the UK, Canada, New Zealand, and Australia) the official in each constituency or electorate who conducts an election and announces the result.
Example sentences
  • Mr Allen criticised the fact that returning officers were left to explain differences between the number of votes tallied by voting machines and the returning officers in e-voting trial constituencies in 2002.
  • Some returning officers who oversee elections have privately bought premises to store the machines.
  • One Yorkshire election officer said: ‘Acting returning officers are already dealing with tens of thousands of postal votes in a very small time window.’

Definition of returning officer in:

Share this entry

Share this page

 

What do you find interesting about this word or phrase?

Comments that don't adhere to our Community Guidelines may be moderated or removed.

Get more from Oxford Dictionaries

Subscribe to remove adverts and access premium resources

Word of the day emulous
Pronunciation: ˈɛmjʊləs
adjective
seeking to emulate someone or something