56E. Appointment of Returning Officers, Assistant Returning Officers and such other Officers required to conduct the elections
The Registrar or the Chief Election Officer or the District Election Officer shall, whenever necessary, appoint the Returning Officer and may also appoint one or more persons to be called as the Assistant Returning Officer to assist the Returning Officer in the performance of his functions:
Provided that, in case where no other person is appointed as Returning Officer, the District Election Officer himself shall be deemed to be the Returning Office and shall perform all the functions of the Returning Officer under these rules. Every Assistant Returning Officer, shall, subject to the control of the Returning Officer, be competent to perform all or any of the functions of the Returning Officer provided that, no Assistant Returning Officer shall perform any of the functions of the Returning Officer which relate to the scrutiny of nominations unless the Returning Officer is unavoidably prevented from performing the said function.