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.

DEO, North issues important notice for BLOs of North district

Mangan, April 8 (IPR): District Election Officer (DEO) cum Returning Officer (RO), North, Shri Raj Yadav, IAS has issued an important notice to the Booth Level Officers (BLOs) of North District regarding their duties vested on them on 9th, 10th and 11th April.

He has instructed all BLOs to complete following task as per scheduled day and time given below.

09.04.2019 (Tuesday)

  1. Ensure 100% distribution of voter slips
  2. Prepare ASD (Absentee, Shifted & Dead) list as per the record of undistributed voter slips
  3. Submit record of undistributed slips to control room & sector magistrates concern
  4. Ensure 100% distribution of voter guides
  5. Meet to all Person with Disability (PwD) voters personally to invite & guide.

10.04.2019 (Wednesday)

  1. Receive polling parties of respective polling stations. Ensure arrangement of food, lodging etc for the polling parties at polling station
  2. Contact the volunteers appointed for the assistance of PwD voters & inform to the present at 6 am on 11th April, 2019 at polling station. (List of volunteers is with the respective Sector Magistrate)
  3. Set of Booth Level Assistant Counter by arranging required furniture & affecting four (04) posters provided and ensure distribution of undistributed voters list on the same day
  4. Set up of Polling Stations with required furniture, signage, voting compartments etc. as per the direction of the Presiding Officer
  5. Ensure sitting arrangement for the voters
  6. Ensure handing over the ASD list to the PRO concern
  7. Discuss the route chart with the polling party vehicle’s driver to ensure free transportation for PwDs on Poll Day
  8. Check the condition of wheelchair, if provided, in consultation with volunteers
  9. Ensure the distribution of T-shirts provided by the District Administration to the volunteers.

11.04.2019 (Thursday)

  1. Ensure your presence along with volunteers & other required staff members by 6 am at the Polling Stations
  2. Ensure that web casting camera, if installed, are switched on at 6 am
  3. Ensure your presence at the Booth Level Assistant Counter for the whole day to assist the volunteers
  4. Instruct the driver for free transportation of PwD voters; no PwD voters should be left
  5. Ensure that the polling party vehicle is being used only for the transportation of PwD vehicles
  6. Ensure that no one, except voters, is entering within 100 meters periphery of the Polling Station in consultation with Presiding Officer
  7. Ensure that there is uninterrupted power supply at the polling station. If not, contact the concerned Junior Engineer/Lineman immediately or Control Room
  8. Ensure that volunteers are available for PwD voters to help whole day
  9. Ensure that polling party has dispatched after the close of Poll
  10. Ensure that the building is locked after the close of Poll
  11. Ensure that all bills, including food, are paid by the Polling parties.

Office of District Election Officer, East launches its ‘PLEDGE TO VOTE’ campaign in Gangtok

Gangtok, April 7 (IPR): As a part of the SVEEP campaign to improve voting percentage, an initiative by Office of District Election Officer, East started the Signature campaign on ‘PLEDGE TO VOTE’ which was launched at MG Marg today. Banners have been put up at two places, one near District Control Room and another near Star Hall. The banner exhorts the urban voters to cast their vote by signing on the pledge board.

The event was inaugurated by the DEO-cum-RO East Mr. Kapil Meena, ADC East Mr. Bharani Kumar, Assistant Collector Mr. Rohan Agawane, officials and attended by general public.

It was informed that Sikkim’s voting percentage as in 2014 was 83%, the third highest in India whileas Gangtok’s voting percentage was recorded at 68%, the lowest in Sikkim.

District Election Officer, East Mr. Kapil Meena said that this initiative is to target the urban electors of Gangtok and to try to persuade urban voters to vote on April 11. Adult franchise is a fundamental pillar of any democracy and every single individual should cast their vote and perform the solemn duty as a responsible citizen of the country, he stated.