Special Correspondent

VILLUPURAM: Collector R. Palanisamy imparted training to 142 chief trainers in using Electronic Voting Machines at the Collectorate here on Sunday. The trainers, in turn, will train officers on election duty at polling booths.

A powerpoint presentation was given on configuration of EVMs. The trainers had hands-on experience on how to verify serial numbers, insert battery cells, connect ballot unit with control unit and get them sealed after the polling was over.

Mr. Palanisamy also answered queries. To assess the officials’ grasping power, he also gave a questionnaire.

Those who found it difficult to answer the questions were given training once again. If there were problems in EVMs or disturbance at the polling stations, they should be brought to the notice of higher-ups, he added.

Mr. Palanisamy stressed that micro-observers were specially meant for keeping vigil on poll procedures to check for violations. As such they would not assist the polling officials in any manner in the conduct of elections. Separate queues could be formed at the polling stations for the elderly, persons with disabilities, pregnant women and those carrying infants.

As regards “tender votes,” Mr. Palanisamy said that the voters concerned could not register their votes in EVMs but would be given ballot papers.

Voters who found that their votes had already been cast could exercise this option. The marked ballot papers would be kept sealed in covers and sent to the Election Commission.