Polling staff apprised of procedures to be followed for local body polls

Over 19.92 lakh voters in the district are expected to exercise their franchise in the forthcoming civic polls. The district having a corporation, seven municipalities, 36 town panchayats, 26 district panchayat wards, 19 panchayat unions and 425 village panchayats now has 19,92,457 voters including 9,96,727 men, 9,95,721 women and nine transgender, according to the photo electoral rolls released here on Tuesday.

Number of electorates

Rural local bodies: 10,61,497 (men – 5,30,613 and women – 5,30,884 ); Town panchayats – 3,76,346 (men – 1,88,337, women – 1,88,008 and transgender – 1); third-grade municipality – 60,250 (men – 30,097 and women – 30,153); municipality – 1,98,198 (men – 99,661 and women – 98,537) and corporation – 2,96,166 (men – 1,48,019, women – 1,48,139 and transgender – 8).

In a training programme held here on Wednesday for the polling personnel, Commissioner of Tirunelveli Corporation Ajay Yadav explained in detail the functioning of electronic voting machines and the steps to be followed while preparing the EVMs for polling.

“Above all, the polling personnel should be neutral and totally impartial as they discharge their election duty,” Mr. Ajay Yadav said.

Tuticorin

A meeting was convened here on Wednesday to sensitise the polling staff ahead of the local body election. Collector and District Election Officer Ashish Kumar presided over the meeting, which was attended by Returning officers and Assistant Returning officers.They were apprised of instructions to be followed as per directions of State Election Commission. Mr. Kumar appealed to the polling personnel to discharge duties with utmost care. As per notifications for the conduct of election, the polling personnel should adopt procedures of filing nominations in credible and verifiable manner. Grounds for rejections of nominations should also be mentioned clearly in the forms.

Procedures for scrutinising the nominations filed before the officials and candidate setting with symbol allotment on electronic voting machines were also highlighted during the schedule. The officials should take stock of polling stations, which are sensitive and hyper-sensitive. Based on assessments, requirements of security force would be finalised. K. Arunmani, Project Director, District Rural Development Agency, Dinesh Ponraj Oliver, Commissioner of Corporation, Loganathan, Personal Assistant to Collector (Panchayat Development) were present.

Nagercoil

The Collector, S. Madumathi, has appealed to the officials to ensure free and fair polls in the ensuing local body elections.

Inaugurating a training programme held on Wednesday to the polling staff from various government departments, she said that the employees were well aware of election guidelines and hence they should follow it in the ensuing polls to the local bodies. They could contact their higher officials to clear their doubts.

The project officer of District Rural Development Agency, Manthirachalam, participated.

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