“The post of returning officer is an honorary one, and is the Sheriff (ancient honorary title) of a County, or the Chairman of a local Council. The actual duties are carried out by an ‘acting returning officer’, the Electoral Registration Officer, who is usually the Chief Executive of the local council. The duties are supervised and monitored by the Electoral Commission, which sets performance standards.”
Very interesting, and your comfortable that this ‘sheriff’, ‘Chairman’ or ‘Chief Executive’ of a local Council has no political inclinations whatsoever? I don’t know a lot about British political institutions but I’m not so such i would be as comfortable with the non-corruptibility of such positions as you.
That was a post for an age when men believed in honor and acted accordingly, but that age is sadly coming to a pass where today men(Namely leftist) are increasingly inclined to find their political ends justifying their very much dishonorable means. Are you quite sure this could not take place in Europe among theses ‘officers’ because the system you described to me seems quite filled with potential should theses men not be so honorable today as their ancestors.
Little more to add in response to this than Vanders9’s comments at post 44. Of course no human institutions are perfect, and there’s no absolute guarantee - but in practice the scrutiny of the count is such that it would be very difficult for a returning officer to play hanky-panky and get away with it, even if he wanted to. Also worth noting that the Electoral Commission, the independent supervisory body to which returning officers are accountable, is itself accountable to Parliament, not Government - an important distinction.