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Technical glitch hits poll officers training in Blore

Technical glitch hits poll officers training in Blore

[Updated 2013-04-26 10:11:00 ]

Bangalore: With barely 10 days left for the election, a technical hitch has affected the training of government officers on election duty.

As the Election Commission of India has designated the BBMP Commissioner as District Election Officer (DEO) to hold elections in all 28 constituencies of Bangalore Urban district, including Anekal, the BBMP head office has turned into the election head office.

It is from the Palike head office that the election process across the district is being monitored. The BBMP has roped in about 40,000 government officers and employees for the election process.

As per schedule, BBMP had organised a training programme for the presiding officers (PROs) and assistant presiding officers (APROs) on April 22 at 30 places. The orders generated through computers were not in order. Hence, appointment orders could not be given to many of them.

“The names in the attendance sheet did not match those in the appointment orders,” sources said.

Also, while feeding data, the computer operators wrongly entered the names of many Group "D" employees in the list of PROs and APROs, though they are not eligible for the same, sources said. Another lacuna was that the appointment orders did not have the signature of the DEO.

These posts are restricted to Group "B" officers and senior rank Group "C" officers and appointment orders were to be issued long back.

The BBMP election-in-charge, Dr R Vishal, admitted that there were problems during the training programme on April 22, which, he said, had now been rectified.

“We have been running short of time, but we will overcome all glitches. By April 28 and 29, when our next two rounds of training will be conducted for PROs, APROs and polling officers, our preparedness will be completed,” he said, adding physical signature of DEO will not be necessary if the orders are digitally signed.

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