What Does a Chief Electoral Officer Do?


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A Chief Electoral Officer is a Canadian government official who reports directly to Parliament and is responsible for registering political parties and electors and managing elections and referendums. Other duties include supporting commissions that study electoral boundaries, monitoring election spending and maintaining a register of Canadians who are qualified electors.

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Mainly intended to prevent political bias while managing elections, the Canadian government created the Chief Electoral Officer position in 1920. The Chief Electoral Officer is selected by a resolution of the House of Commons. The Chief Electoral Officer performs his role he turns 65, resigns or retires. Alternatively, the Governor General may remove the Chief Electoral Officer from his position based on a specific cause.

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