Section 26 Appointment of presiding officers for polling stations - Representation of the People Act, 1951
What is the Procedure for Appointment of presiding officers for polling
stations? Section 26 of Representation of the People Act, 1951
Section 26 : Appointment of presiding officers for polling stations
(1) The district election officer shall appoint a presiding officer for each
polling station and such polling officer or officers as he thinks necessary, but
he shall not appoint any person who has been employed by or on behalf of, or has
been otherwise working for, a candidate in or about the election:
Provided that if a polling officer is absent from the polling station, the
presiding officer may appoint any person who is present at the polling station
other than a person who has been employed by or on behalf of, or has been
otherwise working for, a candidate in or about the election, to be the polling
officer during the absence of the former officer, and inform the district
election officer accordingly:
Provided further that nothing in this sub-section shall prevent the district
election officer from appointing the same person to be the presiding officer for
more than one polling station in the same premises.
(2) A polling officer shall, if so directed by the presiding officer, perform
all or any of the functions of a presiding officer under this Act or any rules
or orders made thereunder.
(3) If the presiding officer, owing to illness or other unavoidable cause, is
obliged to absent himself from the polling station, his functions shall be
performed by such polling officer as has been previously authorized by the
district election officer to perform such functions during any such absence.
(4) References in this Act to the presiding officer shall, unless the context
otherwise requires, be deemed to include any person performing any function
which he is authorized to perform under sub-section (2) or sub-section (3), as
the case may be.