The second and final round of training for Presiding Officers, First Polling Officers, Micro Observers and reserve staff of polling booths for the Assembly elections scheduled to be held on May 5 commenced this morning in Mysore city.

The training for about 4,000 Polling Booth officials is being held at four centres in St. Philomena’s College (NR Constituency), JSS Women’s College (KR), Maharaja’s College (Chamaraja) and St. Joseph’s College (Chamundeshwari).

The training is being imparted by Master Trainers, Resource Persons and Sector Magistrate under the supervision of the respective Returning Officers.

The training is said to cover all the intricate details of handling a polling booth aimed to fine tune and groom the staff. The participants were being trained on the usage of Electronic Voting Machines (EVMs) and the procedures involved in sealing them and transferring the same to the designated centre. They were briefed on sensitive and hyper-sensitive polling booths and groomed on tactics to handle them.

The participants were also being briefed on the deploy- ment of Police personnel at polling booths and co-ordinating with them.

Deputy Commissioner and District Election Officer (DEO) C.Shikha inspected all the training centres.

Confusion at JSS Women’s College

Confusion prevailed for a long time at JSS Women’s College, the centre for KR constituency polling staff, when about 50 reserve staff turned up for the training session but were denied entry by the officials.

The enraged lot alleged that they had attended the first phase of training held on Apr. 22 and were reminded on Apr. 26 to attend the training today. They further demanded the officials to pay TA and DA for them if not allowed to participate in the training.

When the situation became tense, the officials monitoring the training contacted DEO Shikha who reportedly instructed the former to allow all the detained staff for training, thus solving the issue amicably.

Courtesy : Star Of Mysore