Officials on poll duty to face written test
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In a first, Election Commission of India is conducting a special test for Returning Officers (ROs) from 40 Assembly constituencies in Gujarat to ensure "error-free" polls slated for next month.
"The purpose behind organising Orientation Finishing Touch Test (OFTT) is to conduct forthcoming elections without any error," official sources said on Saturday.
All returning officers from 40 Assembly constituencies of Central Gujarat will take the test, which will have 30 multi-choice questions, on November 19 at Godhra, around 80 kms from Vadodara, they said.
These 40 constituencies fall in the five districts of Vadodara, Kheda, Panchmahal, Dohad and Anand.
All District Election Officers (DEOs) have instructed respective ROs to study the rulebook and latest directives of EC thoroughly before appearing for the test that is being conducted for the first time in Gujarat.
Deputy Election Commissioner Vinod Zutshi, who is visiting Gujarat on November 19, will hold a high-level meeting with the poll officials from five districts at Godhra.
Sources said Zutshi would review the preparedness for the Assembly elections to be held on December 13 and 17.