UNAWARE OF THE RULES?
officers flunk test on poll rules Have to sit for second test returning officers to rewrite test At least one-third ROs and AROs, who took the test have to repeat. We are stringent in our certification. Unless they know the rules, they can’t conduct elections Hyderabad: At least 29 of 119 returning officers (ROs), including few IAS and IFoS officials of revenue divisional officer rank and above appointed for each assembly constituency, have to retake the exam on election rules, as they failed to secure above 80%. Also, 90 of 251 assistant returning officers have to rewrite the test as they also scored less than 80% — the benchmark for election duty.
Telangana chief electoral officer Rajat Kumar said, “We completed training for ROs and AROs for all 119 Assembly con- Pass Marks Of 15 returning officers above RDO rank, only two failed to clear the exam while one was absent. Another RO joined later for training. Two IAS officials working as ROs in Hyderabad were certified by clearing the exam. Most of the 40 AROs of the rank of deputy tahsildar and deputy municipal commissioner failed in the exam stituencies. At least one-third ROs and AROs, have to repeat it. We are stringent in our certification. Unless they know the rules, they can’t conduct polls.”
Election authorities conducted training for elections and certification examination for all officers across the state from October 24-27. According to authorities, if ROs and AROs fail the exam again, they will not be posted on duty and fresh candidates will be enlisted.
—M Dana Kishore