Election officials are persons engaged by the Electoral Commission to directly handle the conduct and or supervision of elections.
Their engagement may be full time or ad-hoc.
Below are brief descriptions of their functions as well as specific duties:
|S/N|| ELECTION OFFICIAL||DUTIES|
|1||Chief Electoral Commissioner||He collates the results from the states within the federation in the presidential election and is the Returning Officer for that election. He is the chairman of the Commission.|
|2||Senatorial district collation officer||Collates results from all the LGAs within a Senatorial District. He is also the Senatorial District Returning Officer|
|3||Federal Constituency Collation Officer||Collates and declares the scores of the candidates and declares the winner in an election in a particular constituency.|
Decides any question arising from or relating to unmarked ballots, rejected ballots, declaration of scores of candidates and the return of a candidate.
|5||State Collation Officer||Collates results from all LGAs within a state in the presidential and governorship elections. He is the Returning Officer for the governorship election.|
|6||State Constituency Collation Officer||Collates results from all the RA/LGAs within a state constituency for the State Assembly election.|
|7||LGA Collation Officer||Collates results from the various registration areas/ wards for the area councils, state assembly, governorship, national Assembly and presidential elections.|
|8||Registration Area Collation officer.||Collates results from polling stations within a ward.|
|9||Supervisory Presiding Officer (SPO)||*Supervises the arrangements for the conduct of the poll in a cluster of the polling stations.|
*Assists in the training of the presiding officers, poll orderlies under his supervision.
Ensures that all sensitive and non-sensitive election materials are available at the assigned polling stations in the right quantities at the right time.
*Regularly visit the assigned polling stations to attend to problems during the period of the elections.
*Ensures that the results of the poll for the assigned polling stations are delivered to the collation officer by the presiding officer.
*Ensure that all election materials returned to him are submitted to the Electoral Officer immediately after the elections.
*Liaise with the security agents to ensure maintenance of law and order within the assigned polling stations
|10||Presiding Officer||*Takes charge of all proceedings at the polling station on the election day.|
*Takes delivery of and inspect all materials for the election from the SPO.
*Be at the polling station early on election day to set up the station.
*supervises the poll orderlies assigned to the polling station.
*Stamp, sign and issue ballot papers to eligible voters.
*Inform voters of the proper way to mark and fold the ballot paper(s)
*Post the result of the polls using the poster EC60E at the polling station.
*Submit the result of the poll to the RA collation officer.
*Return all election materials to the SPO for delivery to the Electoral Officer after the election.
*Report any security incident to the security agents at the polling station and where necessary, invite the police or security agents to maintain order.