Gangtok, 29 Mar (IPR): A meeting with the contesting candidates and representatives of political parties with the General Observers of Assembly Constituencies and Parliamentary Constituencies was held today at the Conference Hall of District Administration Centre in Sichey.
The meeting also had the presence of District Election Officer (East), Mr. Kapil Meena, ADC (East), Mr. Bharani Kumar, Assistant Collector, Mr. Rohan Agawane, SDM (Rangpo), Shri P.K. Rai, and other officials.
During the meeting, Assistant Collector, Mr. Rohan Agawane, gave a Power Point presentation on Monitoring of Election Expenditure provisions like Monitoring of Public meetings and rallies, Monitoring of media-print/ electronic/ Social, Travel expenses of star campaigners, Monitoring of use of vehicles, account mismatch and cash withdrawal from banks etc.
The SDM (Rangpo), Mr. P.K. Rai, in his PPT presentation briefed the contesting candidates and representatives of political parties about the guidelines of Model Code of Conduct (MCC) and the “Dos and Don’ts” of MCC so as to ensure free and fair elections.
The SP(East), Mr. Hem Raj Rai, informed the gathering about the arrangements made by East District police for the upcoming General Elections 2019. He said that 3 battalion of SSB and 2 battalion of SAP has been deputed in various places of East District. He further stated that the flag marches are being done and check point has been kept so that the contesting candidates can campaign safely and freely.
For vehicle rally, foot rally and Mike permission the candidates should take permission from the office of DC East 2 to 7 days before the event, informed Mr. Rai. He urged the candidates to cooperate with the police for free and fair election.
The DEO, Mr. Kapil Meena, informed the political parties that there can be no campaigning in the last 48 hours before polling. He also talked about the various issues like issuance of permission for public meetings, hoardings and also talked about flag size in election campaign vehicles so that there is no violation of the Model Code of Conduct. He also requested the various political parties to abide by the campaigning time so that there is proper maintenance of law and order.
Mr. Meena also informed them about the various field teams who are already discharging their duties round the clock and said that any complaints/queries can be put forward to them or they can always contact the District Control Room which is operational 24/7 at 03592-284026.
In concusion, the DEO informed everyone present about the security arrangements of the Strong Room at Biraspati Parsai Senior Secondary Room, Ranipool and apprised them about the Commissioning of EVMs and VVPATs scheduled on 2nd April 2019 and about the dispatch of polling materials which will be done on 10th April 2019.
The General Observer for Assembly Constituency (Sr.No 23 to 28), Mr. B. Ram Shastri, IAS, spoke about the legal provision of Model Code of Conduct and Expenditure Monitoring.
General Observer for Assembly Constituency (Sr. No 17 to 22), Ms. Mousumi Chattaraj Chaudhuri, IAS, said that she would be visiting almost all the polling booths under her Constituency to check the smooth functioning of Election process.
General Observer for Parliamentary Constituency (East and West), Mr. Pankaj Agarwal, IAS, informed about the legal provision of polling agents. He asked the candidates to train their polling agents properly about the election process.
General Observer for Parliamentary Constituency (North and South), Mr. Ameya Abhyankar, IAS, urged the candidates to refrain from the violation of MCC and cooperate them for the conduct of free and fair election.
The Police Observer for the entire State, Mr. Naveen Arora, IPS, asked the candidates present to maintain peaceful law and order. The Observers told the candidates that they were free to meet them at Circuit House where they are residing and asked the candidates to contact them in their local numbers for any election related queries.
Earlier, ADC( East), Mr. Bharani Kumar placed the welcome address.
Later in the evening, all General Observers and Police Observer reviewed the poll preparedness in a meeting with all the Nodal Officers of major election activities of east district. All Nodal Officers briefed the Observers about the activities undertaken till now and those planned till the polling days.