PR polls: ROs, AROs imparted training

YUPIA, Nov 20: As part of the forthcoming Panchayat election, a one-day training programme for Returning Officers (ROs) and Assistant Returning Officers (AROs) was held at the DC’s conference hall here today.

Chairing the programme, Papum Pare Deputy Commissioner-cum-District Election Officer Pige Ligu called upon all ROs and AROs to gear up for the upcoming PR polls in the district, as per SEC notification.

Emphasizing that all ROs and AROs should get themselves well acquainted with their duties and responsibilities, Ligu said that they should read all guidelines and other related instructions of SEC carefully for smooth conduct of PR polls.

He called upon all officers to abide by the Model Code of Conduct (MCC) guidelines and also to ensure that it is implemented strictly. He also asked the ROs and AROs to visit polling stations under their jurisdiction to assess the ground realities and to report back to the DEO immediately if there is any specific problem.

Further, he stressed on constituting a medical board and strict adherence to COVID-19 SOPs and COVID appropriate behaviour during the election time.

Attending as resource persons, Takam Nicholas, EAC (Sangdupota) and J Tiwari, Coordinator, DDSE office (Yupia) gave presentations on the topics - salient features of conduct of PR election and role and responsibilities of presiding officers and polling officers, respectively.

During the programme, practical training on how to handle ballot boxes was also imparted. Important election related matters and modalities for hassle-free conduct of elections were also discussed.

There are 102 polling stations of Zilla Parishad and Gram Panchayat constituencies under Papum Pare district. (DIPRO)