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A person acting as a returning officer is personally responsible for the conduct of the election in their area and therefore a Returning Officer may be subject to claims relating to the conduct of those election(s) for which he/she is acting as returning officer.
The Home Office has agreed to provide an indemnity in respect of certain liabilities to which any Returning Officer may be subject, as a result of him or her carrying out his/ her duties as a Police Area Returning Officer or a Local Returning Officer in relation to the conduct of those election(s) for which he/she is responsible.
Attached is the statement of Home Office indemnity concerning police and crime commissioner elections.