In view of the forthcoming elections to the urban local bodies on March 7, a mega training camp for the Presiding and First Polling Officers began this morning at Maharaja’s College Centenary Hall in city this morning, under the aegis of the District Administration.

About 3,000 officers, including about 600 women officers underwent training in two sessions. MCC Commissioner P.G. Ramesh, Asst. Commissioner Lokanath and Shirastedar (Election) Ranganath conducted the training. In each session, about 1,500 officers in 750 groups each, consisting of a Presiding Officer and a Polling Officer, were trained in various aspects of election management.

The officers who underwent training include selected teachers and staff of Mysore University, Karnataka State Open University, schools and colleges, staff of Mysore City Corporation, CFTRI and all departments.

DC Dr. Ramegowda visited the venue and supervised the day-long training.

Ranganath, who conducted the training, informed the trainees about the way to conduct the election, operate the Electronic Voting Machines (EVMs), arrangements to be done in the polling booths, enforcing the poll code of conduct around the booths, verifying the identity of voters and inking them, helping the physically challenged in voting etc. A mock election was also held in which the officers voted and sealed the ballot.

The trainees were apprised about the steps to be taken to ensure a free and fair voting in the elections.

A diary containing the duties of the Presiding Officers has also been prepared by the district administration for the perusal of the officers.

Apart from training, the Presiding and Polling Officers were also deputed to various polling booths.

A demonstration on the operation of EVMs was held at Maharaja’s Degree College.

Courtesy : Star Of Mysore