Rotation of duty for ARO mandatory: SEC
THE STATE Election Commission has said that rotation of duty for assistant returning officer (ARO) deployed in election duties to elect chairperson of development blocks is mandatory all over State.
New directive issued by the State Election Commission stated that ARO engaged in conducting nomination proceeding at development blocks were to be shifted to other blocks for voting and counting duties. This was stated in a letter issued to all district election officers/DM from the office of the election commission on February 24, 2006.
Besides, letter also stated that no representative of candidates would be appointed for elections of chairperson/deputy chairperson. During the segregation process of votes, only candidates would be allowed and no other person would be allowed.
The counting of votes would start with chairman post and after completion of the same, counting would be started for other post. However, during the process only candidate along with his proposer would be allowed and no one else.
In the meantime, district election officer (Panchayat) Deepak Kumar issued strict instructions to all officials being deployed in election duties for compliance of the orders related with norms. Besides, all necessary guidelines were also issued to officials, so the election could be held in free and fair way.
However, all relevant preparations for the voting scheduled to start from 10 am on February 27,2006 has been made by the district administration.
Zonal magistrate has been deployed along with a senior police superintendent at each block. Besides, three super zonal magistrates have been appointed. They are chief development officer Ramswaroop has been appointed for Kakwan, Chobeypur and Billoher blocks. Additional district magistrate (finance and revenue) Udaiveer Singh has been appointed for Ghatampur and Bhitargaon blocks. Additional district magistrate (supply) Shyam Lal Yadav will look after Patra and Vidhnu blocks.
The enforcement of 144 CrPc would start in the area where voting is taking place and it would continue till completion of counting.