Definition of returning officer in English:

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returning officer


(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.’

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

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