CHANDIGARH, December 31: Following the directions of Election Commission of India (ECI), Office of Chief Electoral Officer (CEO) Punjab on Friday conducted an Evaluation Programme for Returning Officers (ROs) and Assistant Returning Officers (AROs) at Mahatma Gandhi State Institute of Public Administration (MGSIPA) here.
As many as 111 ROs and AROs from across the state participated in this programme and underwent two online tests, based on general knowledge about conducting elections.
Tests were conducted under the supervision of Section Officer Yogesh Saharan, who was deputed as Invigilator by the ECI. CEO Punjab Dr S Karuna Raju, Additional CEO Amandeep Kaur and Joint CEO Inder Pal Singh were also present during the programme.
Dr Raju, while congratulating all the ROs and AROs for successfully undergoing the evaluation programme said that it was not a test or examination but it was an effort by the ECI to give more information about conducting elections ahead of Punjab Assembly Elections 2022.
He said that ROs and AROs play a vital role in conducting elections. He asked them to discharge their duties very responsibly to ensure free, fair, safe and secure elections.
Meanwhile, Dr Raju also briefed ROs and AROs about the District Election Management Plan.