EC to change pattern of its tests for returning officers

NEW DELHI: After 58% of prospective returning officials in Madhya Pradesh didn't transparent the 'election wisdom check' conducted by way of EC ultimate month, the Commission has decided not to review officials henceforth on the basis in their memory of poll regulations but simply check their skill to pinpoint the relevant regulations to be carried out in a given scenario.

As in line with the new testing development to be rolled out in the upcoming Lok Sabha poll, the cross share for clearing the returning officials' check will likely be raised from the present 70% to a minimum of 90%. This, a senior EC functionary reasoned, is very important taking into account that a returning officer's decision is ultimate and can't be challenged even in the courts.


"During a review carried out by EC in the wake of high failure rate among officers in MP who took the special test, it was found that it was impractical to expect candidates to memorise each and every provision of election laws. It was felt that simply knowing the relevant law to be referred to in a given situation, was enough. So, now the test will only ask the prospective returning officers to identify/specify the law to be applied in a given situation," mentioned an EC functionary.


The functionary added that it was once also felt that 70% passing marks for returning officer to transparent the 'wisdom check' was once a somewhat low benchmark, for the reason that the verdict of the returning officer is ultimate and can't be challenged in the courtroom. "So it was once felt that a returning officer should transparent the 'wisdom check' with a minimum of 90% marks. We thus suggest to extend the passing marks to minimum 90% to make certain that our returning officials are smartly versed with electoral regulations and norms.


"Since now we have already completed the evaluation of returning officials for states going to polls later this 12 months, the new testing standards will likely be carried out from the general election due next 12 months," mentioned an EC professional.


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