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Training for polling personnel held at six centres in Bathinda

Bathinda: The District Election Officer-cum-Deputy Commissioner Ghanshyam Thori on Sunday said that as many as 1051 booths have been established in the district for assembly elections to be held on February 4 and 6,873 polling personnel were given training by six Returning Officers (ROs) in the district.

These training sessions were held at Neighborhood Campus, Rampura Phul for 90-Rampura, Central University City Campus, Mansa Road Bathinda for Bhucho-91, Institute of Hotel Management, Mansa Road for Bathinda Urban-92, Government Polytechnic College, Bathinda for Bathinda Rural-93, Dashmesh Senior Secondary School, Talwandi Sabo for Talwandi Sabo-94 and at the Punjabi University Neighborhood Campus, Maur Mandi for Maur-95.

DC asked staff to ensure free and fair polling

Thori added that the polling staff on election duty has been instructed to submit Form-12 to the ROs, where they were registered as electors so that they may be issued with postal ballots and they could be able to exercise their democratic right. He asked the polling staff to perform their duties without fear and favour. He added that three more rehearsals and training sessions for the polling personnel would be held to ensure that the polling process was completed without any hiccups.

Thori said that in Sunday’s training the polling staff was given training on the installation and operation of the electronic voting machines (EVMs). He added that the polling parties, especially the presiding and assistant presiding officers have also been trained about the Voter Verified Paper Audit Trail (VVPAT), which would be used at all the booths of the Bathinda Urban (92) and Bathinda Rural (93) EVMs. He said that as many as 6,873 polling personnel have been deployed for polling duty.

He said that instructions have been issued to the ROs and the Booth Level Officers to see that all the booths were easily approachable by differently-able persons. He said that this time the EVMs will have the photos of the contesting candidates printed, besides their party symbols, which will help the voters to identify their choice.

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