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TRAINING THE TRAINERS: Chief Electoral Officer Naresh Gupta, at a meeting convened at the Coimbatore Collectorate on Wednesday. PHOTO: S. SIVA SARAVANAN
TRAINING THE TRAINERS: Chief Electoral Officer Naresh Gupta, at a meeting convened at the Coimbatore Collectorate on Wednesday. PHOTO: S. SIVA SARAVANAN

Staff Reporter

Training of master trainers under way, says CEO

Coimbatore: An error-free and fully updated draft rolls will be released by April 25 and the final rolls published by June 6, State Chief Electoral Officer Naresh Gupta said here on Wednesday.

He said master trainers were undergoing training.

He was talking to reporters after a meeting with Coimbatore Collector Neeraj Mittal for training master trainers and electoral roll registration officers for Coimbatore and the Nilgiris districts.

In the morning, he had a meeting at Erode for officers from Erode, Namakkal, Salem, Dharmapuri, Krishnagiri, Dindigul and Theni districts.

The objective

The training sessions had already been completed in respect of the districts resting with the Central, South and North Zone of Tamil Nadu, Mr. Gupta said.

The objective was to train two officers in every district, who would train booth-level officers. The district election officers had been asked to fix schedule for the training of the booth-level officers.

The process for final rolls i.e., filing of claims and objections, would be taken up after the publication of draft rolls, he said.

To a query on replacement cards for voters seeking corrections in their Elector's Photo Identity Card (EPIC) such as mistakes in names and addresses in respect of those who had shifted their houses within the same assembly constituency, he said the administration would set up EPIC centres, one each in all 234 assembly segments in three to four months.

The voters could get their replacement cards after carrying out the necessary corrections including change of address.

But the EPIC car number would remain the same, he said.

To a query on public cooperation in giving passport size photographs to get their images included in the rolls, Mr. Gupta and Mr.Mittal said that the response was good with more than 60,000 voters giving their photographs during the third phase of roll verification.

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