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ALL SET: Ballot papers for the Salem Corporation polls stored in the strong room on Monday.
ALL SET: Ballot papers for the Salem Corporation polls stored in the strong room on Monday.

Staff Reporter

Corporation Commissioner issues strict instructions to presiding officers

SALEM: The final phase of the training programme for the Salem Corporation elections was held at the Nehru Kaliyarangam and Sona College of Technology on Monday.

Participating in the programme, Corporation Commissioner A.M. Selvam asked the presiding officers to verify the ballot papers before the commencement of the polling. The serial numbers and other details should be double checked before the polling process.

Giving instructions regarding the conduct of polling, he said the presiding officers should fill up all the forms properly within the stipulated time and submit to the authorities concerned. There should not be any mistakes while securing and sealing the ballot boxes.

More than 3,000 officials to be involved in the polling process in 60 wards in the city participated in the programme.

Earlier, the civic officials stored the ballot papers in the strong room of the treasury office and sealed it in the presence of Mr. Selvam. He handed over the strong room key to the police.

Armed personnel were deployed to provide security to the strong room. The Commissioner said the civic administration had printed a total of 6.33 lakh ballot papers.

Extends support

Meanwhile, the Salem Retired Police Officers Welfare Association has decided to support the Democratic Progressive Alliance (DPA) candidates.

According to a press release from the association president K. Sivasubramaniyan, the decision was taken at a meeting of the association here recently.

The release stated that the previous AIADMK Government had withheld a number of benefits provided to the Government employees and pensioners.

Following representations from the government employees, the present DMK Government had restored the withheld benefits. It had also announced a number of welfare measures for the police personnel and ordered to provide promotion based on seniority to the head constables.

A resolution to support the candidates was also passed during the meeting. Vice-presidents M. Jayaraman, E. Enuskhan and Secretary R. Amuldas were present.

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