Training of Central Observers for Assembly Elections in 5 poll going states conducted

Bhubaneswar: A training session in virtual mode was conducted by the Election Commission of India for Central Observers appointed for the five polls going states like Goa, Manipur, Punjab, Uttar Pradesh and Uttarakhand.

A total of 73 Officers including IAS  and IPS officers of Odisha cadre as well as IRS officers posted in the state attended the training in the Convention Hall of Lokaseva Bhawan at the State headquarters here at Bhubaneswar.

Chief Electoral Officer Sushil Kumar Lohani, IAS along with his team of officers were present on this occasion.

All the three Election Commissioners including Chief Election Commissioner Sushil Chandra, Election Commissioners Rajiv Kumar and Anup Chandra attended the programme and addressed the participants. They urged the officers to feel proud to be part of this mega exercise as eyes and ears of the Commission. They further advised them to guide the electoral process while on duty ensuring that all COVID protocols are followed in letter and spirit.

The Commission emphasized on the neutrality and impartiality of the Central Observers. They should be visible, they must be cordial and available to the public and election machinery. They advised the Observers to ensure that the local administration conducts the elections in a free, fair & impartial manner in a Covid safe environment.

General Secretary, ECI Umesh Sinha and other senior officers of the Commission made thematic presentations on the different aspects of conduct of Election during the pandemic situation.

The training was conducted following all COVID norms in the convention centre in a fully sanitized manner.

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