Seanad Electoral (Panel Members) Act, 1947

The Seanad returning officer.

4.—(1) The person who for the time being holds the office of Clerk of Seanad Éireann shall be the Seanad returning officer for the purposes of this Act.

(2) It shall be the duty of the Seanad returning officer to conduct every Seanad general election and every Seanad bye-election, to count the votes cast thereat, to ascertain and declare the result thereof in accordance with this Act, and to do such other things in respect of every such election as he is required by this Act to do.

(3) The Minister for Finance shall pay to the Seanad returning officer the amount of his reasonable charges, not exceeding such amount as may be sanctioned by that Minister, in respect of the performance by the Seanad returning officer of his duties under this Act out of the Central Fund or the growing produce thereof.

(4) If and so long as the office of Clerk of Seanad Éireann is vacant or the holder of that office is unable through illness, absence or other cause to fulfil his duties, the Clerk-Assistant of Seanad Éireann shall act as Seanad returning officer and references in this Act to the Seanad returning officer shall have effect accordingly.