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Sharing his views: Election Observer Dinesh Kumar Jain speaking at a training programme organised for micro observers in Salem on Sunday. —
Sharing his views: Election Observer Dinesh Kumar Jain speaking at a training programme organised for micro observers in Salem on Sunday. —

Staff Reporter

Main objective is to ensure peaceful polling in sensitive booths

SALEM: The Election Commission of India has appointed a total of 225 micro observers to monitor the polling process in the booths that have been identified as sensitive in Salem district.

Employees working in the Central government departments such as Income Tax and Department of Posts, public sector undertakings and banks will be micro observers.

Inaugurating a training programme for micro observers here on Saturday, District Election Officer and Collector J. Chandrakumar said the main objective of this initiative was to ensure peaceful conduct of polls in the booths which are identified as sensitive.

Verification

The micro observers should verify the electors’ photo identity cards and the maintenance of 17-A register every hour.

If there are any violations in the rules, they should inform the election observers immediately.

If more than 50 percent of the voters in a polling booth exercised their franchise by producing documents other than electors’ photo identity card, it should be notified immediately to the assistant returning officer.

The micro observers could also monitor the polling booths which were located near the place where they were posted.

Mr. Chandrakumar appealed to the micro observers to co-operate with the district administration for the smooth conduct of polls.

Videos were screened to explain various procedures to be followed during the conduct of polls.

Election Observers Dinesh Kumar Jain, Guruprasad Mohapatra and Ajay Bhandari, District Revenue Officer M. Rajarathinam, Salem Corporation Commissioner K.S. Palanisamy and senior officials were present.

Meanwhile on Sunday, Election Observer Dinesh Kumar Jain conducted a training programme for the micro observers appointed for the Salem South and Veerapandi assembly segments. Mr. Palanisamy and senior officials were present.

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