Constituency or district returning officer
The electoral area is broken down to several lower levels both spatially and organisationally. Various electoral bodies with specific functions operate at each level.
The structure is not the same in Bundestag and European elections. There are constituencies only in Bundestag elections. A constituency candidate is elected in each constituency. Constituency boundaries may differ from the boundaries of administrative districts.
In contrast, municipal (rural) districts and towns not attached to an administrative district are at one level of the breakdown in European elections.
Last update: 6 December 2016