Election 2018: Training of returning officers for KP, Fata begins



A three days training for Returning Officers (ROs) tasked to conduct the general election 2018 in Khyber Pakthunkhwa and Fata began here on Thursday.

Provincial Election Commissioner (PEC) KP, Pir Maqbool Ahmed formally inaugurated the inaugural training session of the ROs at a local hotel here.

In his address, the PEC said ROs’ selection from judiciary has strongly reflected the confidence reposed in them and expressed the hope that they would continue their services with more dedication and professional commitment.

The training of first phase of ROs was started at Peshawar, Swat and DI Khan today and will continue till May 19.

The second phase will commence on May 21 and will continue till May 23 while third phase will begin on May 24 that will continue till May 26.

The judicial officers of KP and administrative officers of Fata were appointed Returning Officers for general election 2018.

As many as 19 ROs of Peshawar and seven in Charsadda were being provided training at Peshawar’s PC Hotel while 11 ROs in Swat, four each in Buner and Dir Upper and two in Chitral were being imparted training at Serana Hotel Swat.

At National Club Di Khan, training was being provided to 5 ROs in Bannu, four Lakki Marwat, one each RO at FRs and North Waziristan and two ROs in Tank.

The second phase of training will start on May 21-23 at PC Peshawar where seven ROs of Nowshera, 11 Mardan, seven Swabi whereas at Shelton Hotel Swat, seven ROs of Dir Lower, three each at Malakand Agency, Shangla and Bajaur Agency would be trained.

The third phase will commence on May 24-26 at PC Hotel Peshawar where three each ROs of Karak and Hangu would be provided training besides four ROs in Kohat, two in Khyber Agency, one each in Orakzai, Kurram and Mohmand Agencies.

In Hotel-I Abbottabad, six ROs of Abbottabad, four in Haripur, seven in Manshera, one Torghar, three Batagram and four Kohistan would be provided training. APP

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