Elections N.B. is a non partisan body. The Chief Electoral Officer, appointed by the Lieutenant-Governor in Council, has the mandate to exercise general direction and supervision over the administrative conduct of elections, to enforce on the part of the election officers fairness, impartiality and compliance with the Elections Act and Municipal Elections Act and to issue to election officers such instructions as are necessary to ensure effective execution of the Elections Act.
This office is responsible for all of the planning, coordination, reporting and monitoring of provincial elections and by-elections, local government elections and plebiscites and district education council elections.
Elections N.B. must be ready at all times for the call of an election or by-election. Its head office is located in Fredericton, and as soon as an election is called, a returning office is opened in each electoral district.
Elections N.B. employs 17 permanent staff members, and this number grows to about 25 during an election year.