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States of Deliberation - Elections

Elections of People's Deputies are held pursuant to the Reform (Guernsey) Law, 1948, as amended. 

The various functions are assigned as follows:

The Presiding Officer -
determines the period during which nominations shall be accepted;
receives completed nomination forms;
declares candidates elected when the number of candidates does not exceed the number of seats vacant;
receives requests for recounts;
appoints scrutineers;
decides upon venue for recount;
publishes result of recount.

The Registrar-General of Electors -
compiles  and maintains the Electoral Roll;
publishes the Electoral Roll for checking;
keeps copies of the Electoral Roll at Sir Charles Frossard House and the Greffe for public inspection;
makes copies of the Electoral Roll available to Returning Officers and election candidates;
maintains a Register of Absent Voters (i.e. postal voters);
provides Absent Voters with ballot slips;
receives completed ballot slips from Absent Voters;
delivers Absent voters' ballot slips to polling stations;
provides the Returning Officers with appropriate equipment and documentation.

Returning Officers -
appointed and sworn by the Royal Court, one for each Electoral District;
oversee the conduct of the poll in their Electoral District;
receive Absent Voters' ballot slips from the registrar-General;
oversee the counting of the votes;
advise the Presiding Officer of the result of the election;
declare publically the result of the election;
return ballot boxes and other equipment to the Registrar-General;
receive and check candidates' returns of expenditure.

Parish Constables - 
provide polling stations in their parish;
arrange for the conduct of the ballot in their parish;
ensure that ballot boxes are empty before polling opens;
seal the ballot boxes and hand them to the Returning Officer at the close of the poll.

H M Greffier - 
receives the ballot papers from the Returning Officers after counting has been completed;
keeps the papers in safe custody until the successful candidates have taken the oath of office;
destroys the ballot papers when directed so to do by the Royal Court.