Returning Officer Services

Maintain Normality and Avoid Election Stress.

2019 saw the release of our new Board Elections Manager tool. Over 280 schools signed up to hold their Board of Trustee Elections online in 2019. It was great to have the opportunity to pioneer something that made such a positive impact on our schools and their elections.

The portal allows schools to keep track of every step of their Election process, with their Returning Officer having access to review and accept nominations for candidacy.

To see the Elections Manager in action, please see the attached video.

School BOT Returning Officer 2020 Mid Term Elections >
Visit the Election Manager site >

Services include:

Prepare a timeline for the election;

Call for nominations by distributing the notice and nomination forms;

Prepare newspaper advertisements and flyers for circulation

Prepare rolls of parents/caregivers and staff;

Liaise with staff eligible to be on both staff and parent roles;

Distribute voting papers and reply envelopes;

Oversight of the electoral process;

Declare and advertise the results, notify the school and candidates;

Complete documentation for the Ministry of Education;

File results with the District Court.


As a new Principal, I've found your service incredibly helpful. Our community has commented about the benefits of having CES as the returning officer also. They have felt reassured that the process has been transparent.

Brenda Martin, PrincipalWesley Primary School

Thank you so much for the great service you have provided. I am really grateful for all the support and advice you have given me and yesterday was a great day for Wadestown School. We are thrilled with the way Canterbury Education Services run the Board Elections and we will certainly use you again, due in part to your accessibility and professionalism which is superb.

Sally Barrett, PrincipalWadestown School

I did not experience any difficulties with this process. Everything ran smoothly at this end. I appreciated the frequent updates from you and also that even though you are an extremely busy man during this process, you were accessible via phone for any questions.

Julie Davies, Database ManagerBurnside High School

Well done Wayne on a great job accomplished. I can say that as a first timer having anything to do with BOT elections the help I received to any questions I had were prompt and most helpful. Thanks for all your hard work. I appreciate it.

Debbie Eddington, HR & Personal Assistant to PrincipalLinwood College

I would like to say that I found your assistance fantastic for any questions that I had, and really felt like I had very little to do as it was all so perfectly run at your end. So a huge thank you to you and your team from me - I know the next time I have a BoT election I won't need to be concerned at all.

Michele Stephens, Principal's PASt Martins School

I would like to thank you and your CES Staff for having done such a great job with our BOT election. This is the second time we have contracted CES to be the returning officer.

Raewyn OpenshawElim Christian College

Just a note to thank you on behalf of the Board, for working with us again as our Returning Officer for the BOT Elections. As in the past, you made it a very easy process for us with your regular communications with information and up-dates, prior to and during the elections.

Shirley M Irving, BursarKedgley Intermediate School