Special Correspondent

VILLUPURAM: District Collector R.Palanisamy has said that the sensitive and hypersensitive polling stations in Villupuram district are being identified.

In these booths micro-observers will be deployed for keeping a close vigil and video graph of the poll process will be taken to fix the trouble-mongers, the Collector said while addressing the polling officials here on Saturday.

Mr.Palanisamy in his capacity as the District Electoral Officer said that special camps for receiving applications for addition, deletion and correction in electoral rolls were held all over the district on March 3.

The officials should scrutinise these applications before March 10 and ensure that neither a single valid voter was deleted from the rolls nor any invalid voter included. He said the list of officials to be inducted on poll duty should be prepared and sent to him by March 15.

The officials had been instructed to inspect all the 2,493 polling stations and take note of their requirements.

All the booths should invariably be equipped with a ramp with railings. The list of government vehicles to be deployed on poll duty should be registered.

A list of officials who would be assigned with the task of checking the Electronic Voting Machines would also be prepared.

Training for officials

Mr.Palanisamy underscored the point that it was imperative on the part of the polling officers to be well versed in electoral rules, including the model code of conduct, how to conduct the poll in a fair manner and so on.

Therefore, he called upon the officials to devote an hour or two every day in coming to grips with the electoral rules. He further said that the Project Officer of the District Rural Development Agency, Special Officers of the cooperative sugar mills, Joint Registrar and Deputy Registrar of Cooperative Societies and Special Officers of the Central Cooperative Bank would be appointed as special officers on poll duty.

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