Wanted: key democracy players for four electoral divisions of the Island of Montréal

January 20, 2011

Québec, January 20, 2010 – The Chief Electoral Officer of Québec has launched a recruitment competition to fill the position of returning officer in the electoral divisions of Jacques-Cartier, Notre-Dame-de-Grâce, Saint-Henri-Sainte-Anne and Robert-Baldwin. The objective is to appoint a major democracy player whose mandate will be to represent the Chief Electoral Officer in the electoral division, in particular by organizing and holding electoral events, such as general elections and by-elections. Interested persons have until 4:30 p.m. on February 4, 2011 to apply. A two-stage selection process will make it possible to choose a returning officer who will be appointed for a 10-year term of office.

This competition is also aimed at recruiting returning officers in several other electoral divisions in Québec. You can find the full list on the Chief Electoral Officer’s website at www.electionsquebec.qc.ca.
"Serving as the returning officer in an electoral division of the Island of Montréal is an interesting challenge," explained Jacques Drouin, Chief Electoral Officer, "as it enables the successful candidate to be at the heart of the democratic process during crucial events at both the regional and local levels." 
Diversified work requiring impartiality and good organizational skills
The returning officer must be able to implement everything involved in the logistics of an election: this includes planning, organizing, carrying out and controlling the activities that will ensure that electors can exercise their right to vote in accordance with the provisions of the Election Act and the directives of the Chief Electoral Officer.
Contact with electors, candidates and their representatives is at the heart of the task, as the returning officer must inform and accompany all of the participants involved to ensure that the voting process unfolds smoothly. A good knowledge of the electoral division is essential in order to adapt the management of the electoral event to the circumstances of the election and local characteristics.
Impartiality is a key prerequisite for the position of returning officer. It ensures credibility and respect for everyone, and guarantees the integrity necessary for any democratic process.
Personal interest… institutional support
The person selected for the position will undoubtedly have a keen personal interest in democracy and will want to strive to promote Quebec’s electoral system among the electors of the electoral division. "I can assure this person that he or she will be well supported by the institution of the Chief Electoral Officer," declared  Mr. Drouin, "since this person will benefit from specific training relating to the electoral division as well as professional support that will be tailored to his or her needs."
It should be noted that during an election, a returning officer will earn around $19,000 for approximately six weeks of work.
For more information on the returning officer recruitment competition, please consult the website of the Chief Electoral Officer at www.electionsquebec.qc.ca.

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