Chief Electoral Officer for Tamil Nadu Satyabrata Sahoo has passed notifications appointing returning officers (ROs) and assistant returning officers (AROs) for all the 234 Assembly constituencies in the state for the upcoming elections. With the public election department notifying the orders in Tamil Nadu gazette, the training for the polling staff and AROs will commence by the end of February and the elections are likely to be held in April, informed public election department sources said.
The election department designated the district collectors as the designated district election officers for all 38 districts last month. This appointment of ROs and AROs will be the secondary level officers executing the election works under the district collectors and will be involved in scrutinising the election nomination papers of candidates. The AROs will take over the counting and polling process in their respective jurisdiction along with revenue department officials.
Next level, the third tier will be the presiding officers, handling the polling booths reporting to AROs. They will be selected from government schools, revenue department and collectorates. Under the presiding officers, booth level officers and assistants will be deputed. The state has now finalised the poll staff for the top three levels and the last two levels will be filled and designated once when the model code of conduct comes into force.