Part - I Preliminary
Part - II Superintendence of Election and Administrative Machinery
Part - III Conduct of Elections
Part - IV Disputes Regarding Election
Part - V Corrupt Practices
Part - VA Election Expenses
Part - VI Miscellaneous
Part - II Superintendence of Election and Administrative Machinery

Superintendent of Election and Administrative Machinery
  1. Superintendence and control of election:- The Election Commissioner shall supervise, direct and control the conduct of Elections to the Corporation.

  2. Election Observers :-

    1. The Election Commissioner may nominate an Election Observer who shall be an officer of Government to watch the conduct of elections in a ward or a group of wards and to perform such other functions as may be entrusted to him by the Election Commission.

    2. The Election Observer nominated under sub-rule (1) shall have the power to direct the Returning Officer for the ward or for any of the wards for which he has been nominated, to stop the counting of votes at any time before the declaration of the declaration of the result or not to declare result if, in the opinion of the Election Observer, booth capturing has taken place at a large number of polling stations or at the places fixed for the poll or counting of votes or any ballot papers used at a place fixed for the poll are unlawfully taken out of the custody of the Returning Officer or are accidentally or intentionally destroyed or lost or are damaged or tampered with to such an extent that the result of the poll at that polling station or place cannot be ascertained.

    3. When an Election Observer has directed the Returning Officer under his rule to stop counting of votes or not to declare the result, the observer shall forthwith report the matter to the Election Commission and thereupon the Election Commission shall, after taking all the material circumstances into account, issue appropriate directions for repoll in a polling station or statino0s, as the case may be, to the concerned Returning Officer and any further direction which is deemed fit by it in this context, under intimation to the Election Observer.


    Explanation:

    For the purpose of this rule “Election Observer” shall include any such officer of Government as has been assigned the duties under this rule, of watching the conduct of election or elections in a ward or group of ward and also the counting of votes of a ward or wards, by the Election Commission.
    4A Secretary of Election Commission:

    The Election Commission may appoint a Secretary of Election Commission out of the officers deployed in the Commission, to look after the functions of the Election Commission as are specifically assigned to him by the Commission or as provided the rules.

    4B. District Election Officer:

    The Election Commission may appoint as many District Election Officers as the Commission may consider it necessary, out of the officers working in the Election Commission or from those officers who may be borrowed from the Govt. or the Delhi Municipal Corporation, to look after the electoral rolls and conduct of elections in a ward or wards.
    (2) The District Election Officers appointed under sub-rule (1) shall function subject to the superintendence, direction and control f the Election Commission.

  1. Returning Officer and Scrutinising Officers:

    For every ward the Election Commission shall:

    1. designate or nominate a Returning Officer who shall be an officer of Government;

    2. appoint a Scrutinising Officer for the purpose of Serutinizing nominations under rule 18:


    Provided that nothing in this rule shall prevent the Election Commissioner from designating or nominating or appointing the same person to be the Returning Officer or the Scrutinising Officer, as the case may be, for more than one ward.
    5-A Assistant Returning Officer:

    1. The Election Commissioner may appoint one or more persons to assist any Returning Officer in the performance of his functions: provided that every such person shall be an Officer of govt.;

    2. Every Assistant Returning Officer shall subject to the control of the Returning Officer, be competent to perform all or any of the functions of the Returning Officers:

      Provided that no Assistant Returning Officer shall perform any of the functions of the Returning Officer, which relate to the scrutiny of a nomination, unless the Returning Officer is unavoidably prevented from performing the said functions;

    3. Reference in these Rules to the Returning Officer shall, unless the context otherwise requires, be deemed to include an Assistant Returning Officer performing any function, which he is authorized to rules or perform under sub-rule (2) above.

     

  2. General duty of the Returning Officer:

    It shall be the general duty of the Returning Officer at any election to do all such acts and things as may be necessary for effectively conducting the election in the manner provided by these orders made thereunder.

  3. Polling stations for wards:

    The Returning Officer of a ward shall provide a sufficient number of polling stations for the ward under his charge and shall publish in such manner as the Election Commission may direct in this behalf, the list showing the polling stations so provided and the polling areas and groups of voters for which they have respectively been provided.

  4. Presiding Officers for polling stations:

    1. The Returning Officer of a ward or wards shall appoint a Presiding Officer for each polling station and such polling Officer or Officers, as he think 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 Returning Officer of a ward or wards accordingly.

      Providing further, that nothing in this sub-rule prevent the Election Commissioner 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 these rules or orders made thereunder.

    3. If the Presiding Officer is, owing to illness or other unavoidable cause, obliged to absent himself from the polling station, his functions shall be performed by such polling officers as has been previously authorized by the Returning Officer to perform such functions during any such absence.

    4. References in these rules 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-sule(3), as the case may be.

    5. The Returning officer shall pay to the Presiding Officers, polling officers and other polling staff such travelling allowance, honorarium, etc. as is fixed by the Election Commission.

  5. General Duty of the Presiding Officer :-

    It shall be the general duty of the Presiding Officer at a polling station to keep order threat and to see that the poll is fairly taken.

  6. Duties of a polling officer :-

    It shall be the duty of the polling officer at a polling station to assist the Presiding Officer for such station in the performance of his functions.

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