Gangtok, 31 Mar (IPR): As per the guidelines of Election Commission of India, the second randomization of EVMs and VVPATs for of 13 Assembly Constituencies including Sangha and Sikkim Parliamentary Constituency will be conducted at the Office of District Election Officer (East)/Returning Officer on 1st April, 2019 at 10 A.M.
District Election Officer (DEO, East)/Returning Officer, Shri Kapil Meena, informed that the randomization will be carried through EMS Software in the presence of General Observers for Assembly Constituencies and Parliamentary Constituencies, District NIC Officials, contesting candidates and representatives of Political Parties.
Shri Meena requested all contesting candidates or their representatives to witness randomization process on April 1 (Monday) and also to participate in EVM/VVPATs commissioning process.
The purpose of second randomization of EVMs and VVPATs is to allocate EVMs and VVPATs randomly to Polling stations for Assembly Constituency and Parliamentary Constituency.
After the allocation of EVMs and VVPATs for each Polling Station, the final list of CU, BU and VVPATs with details, identified machine numbers allocated to Assembly Constituency and Parliamentary Constituency will be handed over to all the Contesting Candidates and Political Parties.
The randomization of EVMs and VVPATs will be followed by preparation/commissioning of all machines which are presently stocked at Strong Room built at Biraspati Parasi Senior Secondary School located at Marchak, Ranipool under strict security vigil.
The DEO further informed that once the commissioning is commenced then only authorised people are allowed to enter the strong room premises. The commissioning will commenced on 2nd April at 9 A.M which will be have first preparation of all polling and reserve machines to be used for Parliamentary election and then for all Assembly Constituencies of East district.
All candidates of their authorized agents may witness the commissioning process wherein they will be allowed to do mock poll on the machines. A team of qualified BEL engineers have arrived in the district to supervise and assist the EMV/VVPATs commissioning process.
Meanwhile, briefing cum training was also conducted in DAC Conference Hall to those officials and staffs who will be involved during the commissioning process of EMV/VVPATs. The training programme was also attended by BEL engineers.