EC gears up for TN assembly polls
Chennai: The Election Commission is gearing up for the forthcoming Assembly elections in the State and is leaving no stone unturned with arrangements being made on all aspects of polling.
After the initiative by Chief Electoral Officer Rajesh Lakhoni through tweets and online means to promote 100 per cent voting, now preparations are being made to ensure cent per cent postal ballots. At a recent meeting with officials from eight districts, the preparations were discussed.
The police officials, Collectors and Revenue officials from Chennai, Vellore, Kanchipuram, Villupuram, Tiruvallur, Tiruvannamalai, Krishnagiri and Cuddalore districts participated in the meeting held here today. In 66,000 polling booths, preparations are being made to ensure physically-challenged-friendly booths.
This year, there will be a new software at counting centres to count the votes. Collectors and police officials are being trained for election-related work. The training programme is being held in four divisions.
Today, a set of personnel were trained at Anna Institute of Management at Greenways Road here. Earlier, people were trained at Madurai and Coimbatore. The training included orientation for the officers on being able to check the online voters list.
Asked about the opposition's charges of bogus voters being added, Lakhoni said, "New voters have been registered through online procedure. It is not possible for the same person to upload their picture twice in two different profiles." "Provision has also been made for online corrections," he added.