Second randomization of EVMs and VVPATs in Gangtok

Gangtok, 01 Apr (IPR): The second randomization of EVMs and VVPATs for all 13 Assembly Constituencies including Sangha and Sikkim Parliamentary Constituency as per the guidelines of Election Commission of India was conducted at the Office of District Election Officer (East)/Returning Officer, Mr. Kapil Meena, today.

The randomization was 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.

District Election Officer (East)/Returning Officer Mr. Kapil Meena said that 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 was handed over to all the Contesting Candidates and Political Parties.

Mr. Kapil Meena also informed that the opening of Strong Room at Biraspati Parasi Senior Secondary School, Ranipool will commence on 2nd April at 9 A.M. which will be followed by commissioning of EVMs and VVPATs in presence of General Observers contesting candidates or their representatives to witness the opening of strong room and commissioning process.

The Commissioning process of EVMs and VVPATs belonging to Sikkim Parliamentary Constituency scheduled to held on 2nd and 3rd April and for 13 Assembly Constituencies including Sangha Constituency will be held on 4th and 5th April.

During the commissioning process contesting candidates or their representatives will be allowed to do mock poll on the machines also. The complete process of commissioning will be videographed and all security measures of 24X7 security, CCTV coverage, fire extinguisher and frisking of all participants. Electronic devices will also be not allowed inside the commissioning halls.

Training on commissioning of EVM and VVPAT conducted in Mangan

Mangan, 01 April (IPR): In view of General Election 2019, District Election Officer (DEO) cum Returning Officer (RO), North, Shri Raj Yadav, IAS, conducted the training on Commissioning of Electronic Voting Machine (EVM) and Voter Verifiable Paper Audit Trail (VVPAT) today here at new conference hall of District Administrative Centre (DAC), Mangan.

The training programme had the presence of General Observer (GO), North, Dr. Pratibha Singh, IAS, Superintendent of Police, North, Mr. Kunzang Dorjee Bhutia, and Authorized Engineers of Bharat Electronic Limited, Bangaluru.

A day long training programme was organized for the Sector Magistrates about how to conduct the EVM’s commissioning process. On the training session, DEO/RO, Shri Yadav gave necessary suggestions to the officials about measures to be taken at the time of conducting EVM’s commissioning process.

He asked the Sector Magistrates to take necessary precautionary steps during the process of linking of Control Unit, Ballot Unit and VVPATs and while displaying the list of voters after checking it thoroughly. Further, DEO/RO informed all necessary information related to commissioning of EVM/VVPAT. 

The commissioning of EVM for Parliamentary Constituency and Assembly Constituency will take place on 2nd and 3rd April respectively.

GO, North visits seven Polling Stations under Sector 3: Kabi to Ramthang

Mangan, 01 Apr (IPR): General Observer, North, Dr. Pratibha Singh, IAS, visited seven Polling Stations under Sector-3: Kabi to Ramthang on March 31. In this Sector, she found three sensitive and four normal polling stations.

Dr. Singh assessed the preparedness regarding conduct of election of the following polling stations: 29/12- Ramthang Primary School (PINK), 29/13- Phodong Sr. Sec. School (Sensitive), 21/14- Room No. 2 (Sensitive), 29/15- Phensong Sec. School (Sensitive), 29/17- Phamtam Junior High School, 29/18- Block Administrative Center, Kabi and 29/19- Tingda Primary School.

She was accompanied by Sector Magistrate, Mr. Swabhaw Gurung, Liaison Officer (LO) and Mr. Tempa Rinzing Bhutia during her visit. She interacted with the Booth Level Officers (BLOs), Static Surveillance Team (SST) and Flying Squad Team (FST) at Kabi Out Post (OP) and Tingda. She enquired about the facilities related to Person with Disability (PwD), Assured Minimum Facilities of the Polling Stations. She found all the Polling Station in voters friendly environment.