EC tests election knowledge of returning officers

Returning officers from each of the 40 constituencies in central Gujarat today appeared in a first-of-its-kind orientation test taken by the Election Commission in Godhra to assess their preparedness for the Assembly elections to be held in the region on December 17.

The Orientation Finishing Touch Test consisted of 30 multiple-choice questions mostly to assess their knowledge of the latest EC directives.

The test was conducted in the presence of Deputy Election Commissioner Vinod Zutshi who visited Godhra to take stock of poll preparedness.

Zutshi was accompanied by state Chief Electoral Officer Anita Karwal and district election officers from Vadodara, Kheda, Panchmahals, Anand, and Dahod.

Senior police officers from these districts also attended the meeting and briefed officials on how well they were prepared to conduct free and fair elections.

"We are making all provisions that officials on poll duty ensure that elections are held with 'zero error' and stringent actions are taken against those found violating electoral rules," Zutshi told reporters.

The meeting also dwelt upon enforcement of the Model Code of Conduct,

deployment of security forces and electoral staff, vulnerable pockets, complaint monitoring system, implementation of district election monitoring plan, expenditure monitoring and other election related issues.

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