East District records 75.6% turnout

Gangtok, 11 Apr (IPR): The voting for the 12 Assembly Constituencies, Parliamentary and Sangha Constituencies was successfully completed in the East District today.

A total of 75.6% of the voters of East District exercised their universal adult franchise in the 214 Polling Stations of East District.

A total of 129304 voters casted their votes out of the total 171028 registered voters in East District. The overall female voter turnout was recorded at 63475 and the male voter turnout was at 65829. 68.05% was the overall total recorded for 32-Sangha Constituency, a one of its kind monastic voting reservation unique to the state of Sikkim.

East District has 12 Assembly Constituencies, one Parliamentary Constituency and one Sangha Constituency.

As per the data received, 19 Rhenock Constituency recorded the highest total voter turnout in the district with 13786 casting their votes at 79.76% of the total registered voters.

Voting peacefully concludes in West District

Gyalshing, 11 Apr (IPR): The voting for the eight Assembly Constituencies, one Parliamentary Constituency and Sangha was successfully completed in West Sikkim.

A total of 90,213 voters exercised their franchise out of the 1,10,497 registered voters in the 141 Polling Stations of West Sikkim. A total of 46,323 Males and 43,890 Females voted for the 8 Assembly Constituencies.

Also, a total of 524 voters voted for the 32-Sangha seat out of which 522 were Males and 2 were females. 

A total of 9 Model Polling Stations were designated where Braille Voting Slips, Transportation facilities for PWD Voters, help desk, resting place for Senior Voters, Coffee Vending Machines, drinking water facilities, volunteer assistance, ‘I voted’ Tags, Selfie Booths and Welcome gate for Pink Polling Booths were main highlight of the day.

Altogether 657 PWD voters are registered in West Sikkim out of which Rinchenpong has the largest number with 201 PWD voters. 200 volunteers were kept for assistance to the PWD voters who were also trained to assist them.

North District witnesses 81.74% vote cast

Mangan, 11 Apr (IPR): North district witnessed a total of 81.74% vote cast which registered 81.95 percent of female votes and 81.51 percent of male votes.

In total, there are 31, 126 registered voters in the district which includes 15,608 male and 15,518 females voters. According to figures of State Election Department, there are 12,604 registered voters in 29-Kabi Lungchuk, 9,253 voters in 30-Djongu and 7,797 voters in 31-Lachen Mangan.

General Election 2019 for Assembly constituency and Parliamentary constituency was held peacefully at 52 polling stations in the district encompassing three Constituencies i.e. 29-Kabi-Lungchok, 30-Dzongu and 31-Lachen-Mangan including Sangha.

Out of 52, there were 13 critical polling stations in the district, 10 of which were deputed with micro observers and rest of the Stations had online webcasting system. 13 Polling Stations were manned by woman.

The farthest polling station of north district is Gnathang-C Station (29/10, B.O. Forest Office, Kyongnosola) which falls under 29- Kabi Lungchuk constituency. 

After accomplishment of polls, the Polling Party, 31/12- Mangan Nagar Panchayat Office arrived to Strong Room of the District Administrative Centre (DAC), Mangan at 6:33 PM. On their arrival, the District Election Officer (DEO) cum Returning Officer (RO), Shri Raj Yadav offered Khadas to the members of Polling Party.

Oldest Voter of Sikkim cast her franchise today

Namchi, 11 Apr (IPR): 107-aged Ms. Sumitra Rai, wife of Late Sambhu Das Rai from Lower Kamrang, exercised her franchise at Government Secondary School, Kamrang Polling Station under 10 Poklok Kamrang Assembly Constituency today.

As a mark of respect and to celebrate the spirit of democracy of our State, the oldest voter of Sikkim was also felicitated by the polling officers.

Training for Presiding & Polling Officers of West district concludes

Gyalshing, 08 Apr (IPR): Four-daylong final round training which started from 5th April, 2019 for Presiding and Polling Officers of West District for the forthcoming election 2019 concluded on 8th April, 2019 at the Community Hall, Gyalshing, West Sikkim.

The training has the presence of District Election Officer (DEO) West, Shri. Karma R. Bonpo along with Mr. Karma L. Lepcha, ADC (W) and the Master trainer, Mrs. K.C.S Tongden Lepcha.

Addressing the gathering, DEO, Mr. Bonpo emphasised on forming the respective polling teams today itself and understand the task at hand and to perform their assignment as per the guidelines and leave no room for any errors. He suggested officers present to take consultations for any clarification or confusion.

He informed that, the mock poll of Electronic Voting Machine (EVM) and Voter Verifiable Paper Audit Trail (VVPAT) is mandatory at the Polling Station before starting the general voting in presence of the polling agents of the political parties. He gave stress on filling up the “FORM 17 A” “FORM 17C” and PRESIDING OFFICER’s DIARY strictly. He also made clear to them about the duty of Presiding and Polling Officers after the poll is over.

Master trainer, Mrs. Tongden, gave directions on general duties of the presiding and polling officers, wherein she explained in detail about the role and responsibilities of the officers for conducting the election successfully. 

Hands on training on Electronic Voting Machine (EVM) and VVPAT and its technical aspects were attended by all the present participants.

The Polling materials and commissioned EVMs and VVPATs to Polling Parties will be distributed from 8 am onward on the 10th April, 2019 at the Auditorium Hall, Girls Senior Secondary School, Kyongsa, Gyalshing, West Sikkim. However, the strong room will be opened at 7 am on 10th April, 2019 in the presence of representatives of Political Parties.

Training on dispatch of polling materials conducted at Brihaspati Parsai SSS

Gangtok, 08 Apr (IPR): A training session on dispatch of Polling Materials for Assembly and Parliamentary Constituency Elections to the Polling Parties was held at the Strong Room Premises at Brihaspati Parsai Senior Secondary School, Ranipool.

The training session was chaired by the District Election Officer/East-cum RO, Shri Kapil Meena, ADC/East-cum-RO, Shri Bharani Kumar, ADC Pakyong, Ms Urvashi Poudal.

The DEO thanked all the officials engaged for a successful commissioning of the EVMs and VVPATS. He informed them that the Strongroom seal will be broken on the 10th of April at 7:30 AM and thereby the dispatch process will start at 8 AM for the convenience of all.

He informed that the farthest polling party would be the first ones to be dispatched with the Polling Materials. He said that the same set of teams would continue with the same-pre assigned constituencies and changes, if any, would be communicated to the teams.

The DEO further enlightened the teams that they would be co-ordinating with the Sector Magistrates, Presiding Officers and the Polling Officers and collecting timely updates as per the guidelines of the ECI and reporting them table wise to the DEO and the ARO’s.

He directed that one memeber from each team would keep a check on the concerned constituency strong room activity to ensure that the correct materials are dispatched along with the correct team. He solicited cooperation and efficiency from all to avoid any last minute glitches during the dispatch day.

ADC Pakyong, Ms Urvashi Poudal, briefed the teams about their roles and responsibilities leading to an unobstructed routine during the day of dispatch.She stressed on the importance of writing the names of the polling stations and constituencies on the bags and ensuring that all the polling materials are compiled in the bag that would be dispatched with the polling parties.

She stated that distinguishing marks need to be used by the Presiding Officers for easy identification of the polling materials and also briefed the team on the Presiding Officers checklist for 11 documents that need to be fulfilled by the voters to be able to vote along with specimen signatures of the candidates. She went in to inform that teams need to maintain a list of contact details of the Sector Magistrates and the Presiding and Polling officers.

In conclusion, Ms Poudal stated that the efforts of the team will have a domino effect and hence, everybody should deliver their responsibilities with utmost sincerity, dedication and calmness.

District Election Office, North launches ‘PLEDGE TO VOTE’ campaign at Mangan DAC

Mangan, 08 Apr (IPR): As a part of the Systematic Voters’ Education and Electoral Participation (SVEEP) campaign and to improve voting percentage, District Election Office, North launched Signature Campaign on ‘PLEDGE TO VOTE’ at the premises of District Administrative Centre (DAC), Mangan today.

Banners have been put up on Mobile Van which will round up whole district on 9th and 10th of April. The banner encourages the voters of the district to cast their vote by signing on the pledge board.

The campaign was started by signing on the board by the General Observer (GO), North, Dr. Pratibha Singh, IAS, District Election Officer (DEO) cum Returning Officer (RO), North, Shri Raj Yadav and ADC (Development), Shri K R Limboo followed by the officers and staffs of the district.

After the signing on the board GO, Dr. Singh, DEO/RO, Shri Yadav and ADC (Dev) Shri Limboo appealed the general public of the district to come forward to cast their valuable vote on April 11.

The DEO/RO, Shri Yadav, informed that voting percentage of north district as on 2014 was 80% and this time the Election Office of the district has anticipated 90% of vote cast in the district.

The GO, Dr. Singh, has appealed to every single individual to cast their vote in order to achieve an inclusive and successful election.

DEO/RO, North conducts meet for dispatch/receipt of polling materials and polling parties

Mangan, 08 Apr (IPR): District Election Officer (DEO) cum Returning Officer (RO), North, Shri Raj Yadav, conducted a meeting with the concerned officials for dispatch/receipt of polling materials and polling parties here at the conference hall of District Administrative Centre (DAC) today.

The DEO/RO informed about the duties and responsibilities of the officials those who are engaged with dispatch/receipt of polling materials and parties at New Strong Room on April 10 and 11.

As informed by the DEO/RO, the District Election Office has established separated counter for Order Display, Order Distribution, TA/DA, Numbered Documents, EVM-PC, EVM-AC, Bags, Number/PPT/Torch, Food Coupon, Voting Compartment, EVM Checking, Security Personnel, Food Stall, Vehicle details at newly constructed Block of DAC.

While briefing the duties of the officials engaged with dispatch/receipt of polling materials and parties, he has instructed all officials to discharge their duty with utmost dedication to achieve error free election process.

AO, North/East visits various polling stations of North district

Mangan, 08 Apr (IPR): Accessibility Observer (AO) for North and East, Sikkim General Election 2019, Shri Vishal Chauhan, IAS, Commissioner cum Secretary, Health Department, Government of Sikkim visited various Polling Stations of North district to assess the facilities related to Person with Disability (PwD) voters.

Altogether, Shri Chauhan visited five Polling Stations of the district which are 29/07-Pangthang Junior High School (JHS), 29/19-Tingda Primary School (Model Polling Station), 30/17-Mangshila Panchayat Ghar, 30/15-Tingchim Secondary School, 31/10-Mangan Senior Secondary School (Model Polling Station).

Accessibility Observer was received by Mr. K R Limboo, ADC (Development), Mangan cum District Nodal Officer, Accessible Elections at Pangthang JHS.
Inspecting the Polling Station and accessible school toilets Shri Chauhan directed Booth Level Officer (BLO) to facilitate the PwD voters on Poll day with the help of PwD volunteers. He also asked BLO to provide transport facilities to PwD voters on poll day.

He instructed Sector Magistrate of different sectors to construct temporary Ramp and arrange Locomotors for PwD voters as per exigency. BLOs must ensure that the Presiding Officers vehicle will be provided to bring PwD voters to cast their vote at their respective Polling Stations, he said.

After completion of inspection, AO, Shri Chauhan had a meeting with District Election Officer (DEO) cum Returning Officer (RO), North Shri. Raj Kr. Yadav, IAS and discussed on accessible election at length. AO has expressed his full satisfaction over preparedness of accessible election in the district.

Third round of training for Presiding and Polling Officers

Namchi, 08 Apr (IPR): Five day long ‘third round of training for Presiding and Polling Officers’ for South district which was held simultaneously at Community Hall and auditorium of Namchi Girls Senior Secondary School concluded today.

The master trainers for the training were Mr. Hemant Rai, Mr. Bimal Chandra Rai and Mr. Jigme W. Bhutia alongwith various election officials.

Master Trainer, Mr. Hemant Rai informed the trainees that adequate assistance should be provided to voters under PwD and senior citizens. He updated that these officials should also be aware that the Electronic Voting Machines (EVMs) from this year onwards will also include Braille signage feature for the differently-abled voters to exercise their franchise.

He added that the basic minimum facilities like wheel chairs, ramps and necessary equipments will be available for the PwD voters in all the polling stations in the district.

Mr. Rai further urged the attendees to be well versed with the rule book issued by the Election Commission of India and emphasized that they should also pass on reports to be filled by them in the beginning, during and ending of the polls.

Similarly, master trainer Mr. Bimal Chandra Rai explained in detail the functions of Voters Verifiable Paper Audit Trail (VVPATs) which he updated is being introduced and will be used for the first time in the ensuing General Elections in the state. He said that one of the key characters of VVPAT is that once a vote is cast on the EVM, the information will be displayed on the VVPAT machine and the vote will be visible to the voters for seven seconds after which it gets stored in the machine.

The trainer also briefly expounded about the importance of mock poll which he said should commence an hour prior to the actual polls and that there should be no paper slips during the process of mock poll. He elaborated that mock polls has to be recorded for issuance of certificate and for better transparency and the data of the mock poll should be deleted before the official poll starts.

He also spelt out the various roles and responsibilities that the presiding and polling officers need to follow such as being inclusive in nature, preparing documents, managing complaints, closing of polls and sealing of EVMs.

During the course of the training the election officials also spoke about the android application named ‘Poll Star’ which should be downloaded by the officials as this app is meant to monitor the various important activities pertaining to polling stations during the poll day.