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Nova Scotia. Chief Electoral Officer

Other forms of name:
Elections Nova Scotia

Until 1962 provincial elections were the responsibility of the Provincial Secretary. In 1962 a new Elections Act was passed and a Chief Electoral Officer appointed to administer it. The Chief Electoral Officer is responsible for exercising "general direction and supervision over the administrative conduct of elections" and other functions relating to the conduct of provincial elections. The Chief Electoral Officer is entitled to receive notice and attend all meetings of the advisory Election Commission and make observations and suggestions on any subject under discussion at such meetings. In 2004 the statutory requirement that the Chief Electoral Officer be a lawyer was dropped, but the amending act has not been proclaimed.

Notes: Authority record based on Statutes of Nova Scotia: 1962 c. 4, 2001 c. 43, 2004 c. 6 s. 5.

see also Election Commission

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