Offices disqualifying for particular constituencies

3.21Certain offices disqualify for particular constituencies1 (s 1(2)). Thus the Lord Lieutenant or high sheriff of a county in England or Wales is disqualified for any constituency comprising the whole or part of the area for which he or she is appointed.

Returning officers used to be disqualified from being elected for the constituency for which they made returns. In England and Wales statute has transferred the duties of returning officers to electoral registration officers as acting returning officers, and so the former are no longer disqualified.


  1. For the complete list see the certified copy of sch 1, Pt IV (see para 3.27 ) or the Act at