Training of Micro Observers for upcoming General Elections conducted in Namchi

Namchi, 02 Apr (IPR): A daylong training of Micro Observers (MO) for the upcoming General Elections 2019 was conducted at the Conference Hall of South DAC, Namchi today.

In attendance during the training were Master Trainers, former SDM Jorethang, Mr. Bimal. C. Rai, and SDM (Ravangla) cum Sector Magistrate, Mr. Jigmee W. Bhutia, along with General Observer, Mr. Shrish Chandra Verma, General Observer for Parliamentary Constituency (South/West), Mr. Pankaj Agarwal (IAS), and SDM (HQ), Mr. Hemant Rai.

Master Trainer, Mr. Jigmee W. Bhutia, in his Power Point presentation spoke about the responsibilities of Micro Observers in the smooth conduct of polls. He stated that the tasks of MO revolve around reporting deviations in the polling process from the assigned polling station to the General Observer.

He also added that the MO needs to observe the overall election process of the polling booth assigned to him and therefore for performing his duties well, he needs to understand the roles and responsibilities of official machinery of polling booth, Mr. Jigmee Bhutia added. He also made them aware that if there is a possibility of any serious problem that arises during the poll day, information should immediately be conveyed by phone to the General Observer.

The resource persons for the day also asserted that the MO’s have to observe all complaints made to him by the polling agents, election agents and electors during the poll and understand the seriousness and nature of the complaints.

Likewise, he also informed the MO’s about senior citizens, infirm and differently-abled voters. Additionally, he also briefed the MO’s regarding the management outside and inside the polling stations and the duties of the polling team. He stated that those MOs who have been deployed in critical and sensitive polling centers, should have all the information of the allotted booths accordingly.

During the course of the training, the micro observers were apprised about EVMs, ballot unit, presiding officer and polling officers of the polling team, voter’s slip, ballot account, mock poll and other process. Master Trainer Mr. B.C Rai provided the trainees with demonstration of EVMs and VVPAT followed by a hands-on session.

The General Observer in his address advised the Micro Observers to be vigilant and said that any serious deviation needs to be reported to him promptly. Directions regarding the presence of MOs in their respective polling booths throughout the polling day and observing all the processes of the elections as per the guidelines of ECI meticulously were also asserted by the General Observer. He also notified the MOs to be conversant with the laws and rules related to election conduct on the poll day and to ensure successful completion of polls.

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