Section 21 Returning officers - Representation of the People Act, 1951
Who are Returning officers? Section 21 of Representation of the People Act, 1951
Section 21 : Returning officers
For every constituency, for every election to fill a seat or seats in the
Council of States and for every election by the members of the Legislative
Assembly of a State to fill a seat or seats in the Legislative Council of the
State, the Election Commission shall, in consultation with the Government of the
State, designate or nominate a returning officer who shall be [an officer of
Government or of a local authority.
Provided that nothing in this section shall prevent the Election Commission
from designating or nominating the same person to be the returning officer for
more than one constituency.