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State presiding officers gear up for polls

Polling personnel training underway at Kohima local ground (left) and Dimapur. (DPRO, EP)
Published on 8 Apr. 2009 1:14 AM IST
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DIMAPUR: Drawing from various departments under Dimapur district for the forthcoming Parliamentary and State by-election in Dimapur-III A/C, Election Branch Dimapur conducted training programme for the presiding officers and 1st polling officers at Government College Dimapur Tuesday. More than 600 government officers have been selected for the training to get acquainted to use EVMs and other election procedural guidelines as they prepare for smooth conduct for election for bona fide citizens to cast their vote Central observers for Dimapur and Peren Districts, Anshu Prakash while speaking to the trainees said that such training programme was organized to impart detailed knowledge based on micro-management level for smooth conduct of elections as presiding and subordinate officers were the flag bearers and foot-soldiers appointed by Election Commission of India for the survival of democracy in the country. He also said that the responsible officers should ensure that every bona fide citizen who was in the voting list should cast their vote. Deputy commissioner and DEO, Maongwati Aier while speaking at the programme said both the Presiding Officers and 1st Polling Officers needed to play a very crucial part for free, fair and impartial election and should ensure that only genuine voters who were in the voting list and were above 18 years of age to cast their vote. He also said that for Dimapur-III A/C there would be two EVMs for Lok Sabha and State bye-election and voters would be issued with ballot papers for Lok Sabha and pink for state bye-election, which the voters had to cast their votes simultaneously. More than 1,70,000 voters would go to poll for Lok Sabha and 20,000 voters would cast their vote for 3 Dimapur-III. KOHIMA: Training for combined Polling Personnel was held today at local ground, Kohima and Kohima Arts college under the supervision of the deputy commissioner and ARO, Sachopra Vero. The first session was held at local ground Kohima where the polling party members were identified. The second session was held at Kohima Arts College where the polling personnel were divided into groups according to the respective Assembly Constituencies. Trainings were imparted in the groups by the Master Trainers. PHEK: Meanwhile, election training for presiding officers and 1st polling officers was conduced at Phek. Training was conducted Tuesday at Phek GHSS auditorium attended by joint chief electoral officer, Seyeneiso Angami and deputy commissioner and DEO Phek, N. Hansing. The programme will continue for 2nd, 3rd 4th and 5th polling officers and combined final rehearsal will be conducted on April 13. MON: The 2nd Phase of training for the polling personnel for the parliamentary and by election to the 41 Tizit AC was held at Council Hall Mon Tuesday. Deputy Commissioner Mon, Dinesh Kumar called upon polling personnel to follow all directions in letter and spirit and also exercise the power delegated to them for free and fair poll. All government officials have been informed to report with their vehicles for election duty on April 12 at 10 a.m. at local ground. SDO (C), Mon, Hiazu Mero spoke on the duties and responsibilities of the polling personnel while AEO Mon, Moa Aier gave a brief demonstration on EVM and filling up various forms. The master trainer also demonstrated on working process explaining the duties and responsibilities of the respective polling personnel in detail.

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