AP GRAMA PACHAYATS ELECTIONS PO HAND BOOK DOWNLOAD – PRESIDING OFFICERS HAND BOOK DOWNLOAD
- As Presiding Officer (PO) you will be responsible for proper conduct of poll in polling station. In Gram Panchayat Elections, a Polling Station may be set up usually for one ward (or) there can be more than one polling station in a particular Ward. The overall responsibility for the election programme of the entire Gram Panchayat vests with the Returning Officer and you will be working under his guidance.
- Apart from you, there will be Polling Officers in your team. The number of polling officers may vary from one to three, depending upon the number of voters in the polling Station allotted to you. The final appointment order issued to you will also contain the names of other members of the polling party. One of the polling officers in the party will also be designated as Assistant Presiding Officer (APO). You and your Assistant Presiding Officer will be given training as per the date and venue of training indicated in your appointment order. It will be your responsibility to give training to the other polling officers in your team, which may be done one day prior to the poll.
- As a Presiding officer, you have an important role to play in the conduct of poll. You enjoy full powers to control the proceedings in the polling station under your charge. It is your primary duty and responsibility to ensure a free and fair poll at your polling station. It is necessary for this purpose to equip yourself fully with the law and procedure and the relevant instructions and directions of the Commission in relation to the conduct of elections so as to enable you to act strictly in accordance with them without giving room for any complaint.
- As a Presiding Officer, you should therefore be acquaint yourself fully with the latest rules and procedures prescribed for the conduct of poll. You should familiarize yourself thoroughly with each step to be taken in the conduct of poll at the polling station. A slight mistake or lapse or wrong application of the law or rules or inadequate knowledge may vitiate the poll at your polling station. Hence, the Handbook for Presiding Officer is designed to give you basic information and broad guidance for conduct of poll.