—(1) The Minister may, in addition to appointing the Returning Officer under section 3, from time to time appoint by name or by office one or more persons to assist the Returning Officer in the performance of his duties.
(1A) A person appointed to assist the Returning Officer shall have all the powers and may perform all the duties of the Returning Officer and any reference in this Act to the Returning Officer shall, unless the context otherwise requires, be deemed to include a reference to an Assistant Returning Officer.
(1B) An appointment made by the Minister under subsection (1) may be revoked by him at any time.
(2) If the Returning Officer is, by sickness or other cause, prevented or disabled from performing any of his duties under this Act and there is insufficient time for any other person to be appointed by the Minister, the Returning Officer may appoint, by name or office, a deputy to act for him.
(3) Every appointment made under subsection (2) shall as soon as possible be reported to the Minister and may be revoked by the Minister, but without prejudice to the validity of anything already done by the deputy.