Training session for micro observers held

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NASHIK: A training session for micro-observers for parliamentary constituencies of Nashik and Dindori held Wednesday under the aegis of central election observers Rajesh Kumar for Nashik and Abhijit Singh for Dindori at the district collectorate here.

Dy election decision officer Arun Anandkar, Asst election decision officer Arvind Anturlikar, by district collector Kundan Kumar Sonawane, and lead district manager (LDM) Bharat Barve along with 60 micro observers and coordinators attended the session.

Abhijit Singh said, “All the micro observers need to ensure basic facilities and amenities at polling stations. As per the instructions by the ECI, they should ensure that polling booth heads are performing their duty. On polling day, the observers should make notings of voting at micro level.”

“The micro observers should also note how voter registration is being done in Form 17-A voter list, and how the indelible ink is applied on left finger and the movement of polling agents. They need to remain present with the general observers during scrutiny of Form 17-A,” stated Rajesh Kumar.

Meanwhile, election observers Abhijit Singh and Rajesh Kumar directed the concerned officials to appoint a coordinator for all the 12 Assembly segments in the Nashik and Dindori parliamentary constituencies.

The role of micro observers will be crucial in holding a fair and free election. They would play a crucial role on the day before polling. The micro observers would perform their duties under the election observers and note all the happenings near the polling stations. The micro observers should also keep in touch with polling officers, other polling staff, they said.

The micro observers appointed for the election process should be very keen and sharp in delivering duties and report any discrepancies. The central election observers said that they observe whether the election is going on as per the process, polling agents’ attendance, admission of people whose names are in the list to vote, application of undeletable ink on the finger of voter, signature or thumbprint of the voter in the 17A register, etc.

They said that the micro observers will work under the supervision of the general observers. Nodal officer Vijaykumar Dhage took special efforts during the training session.

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