Conduct of poll and count in each local counting area
6. (1) The local returning officer for each local counting area wholly or partly comprised in an electoral region shall be responsible for—
(a)the conduct of the poll in that area;
(b)unless the returning officer otherwise directs, the printing of the ballot papers;
(c)the issue and receipt of postal ballot papers for electors in that area and their proxies;
(d)the verification of the ballot paper accounts; and
(e)the counting of the votes given in that area.
(2) Subject to paragraph (3), the local returning officer for a local counting area shall be the person who, in relation to a parliamentary election, is the acting returning officer (in England and Wales) or the returning officer (in Scotland) for the parliamentary constituency which is coterminous with the local counting area.
(3) The local returning officer pursuant to section 6(5A)(b) of the 2002 Act(1) shall be the local returning officer for the Gibraltar local counting area.