Returning officer oaths

Scope and Content

By 6 and 7 Wm.IV, c.101 (1836) when the office of returning officer became vacant, the high sheriff of the county or his deputy were to act in this capacity. At parliamentary elections, they had to take oaths to the effect that they had received no bribes and that they would return the person or persons who had obtained the majority of legal votes. The oaths were filed with the clerk of the peace