Gangtok, March 11: (IPR) With the announcement of the schedule for 2019 General Election to Lok Sabha and Legislative Assemblies in the state by the ECI on March 10th, the District Collector-cum-DEO (East) Shri Kapil Meena called on a press meeting to brief about the implementation of the Model Code of Conduct (MCC) which is in force since the announcement from yesterday.
The following is the schedule for General Elections to Lok Sabha and Legislative Assembly of Sikkim:
The Date of issue of notification is 18th March,2019; Last date for filing nominations is 25thMarch, 2019 ; Scrutiny of nominations is 26thMarch, 2019; Last date for withdrawal of candidature is 28th March,2019; Date of poll is 11thApril,2019; Counting of votes is 23rd May,2019 and the date before which election shall be completed is 27th May, 2019.
The District Collector briefed the media that there are a total of 12 Assembly Constituencies in the East District with 214 polling stations. He said that from today onwards, District Control Room will be functional 24/7 and that all the field teams have also been deputed for enforcement of Model Code of Conduct. The field teams comprise of two Sector Officers for each Constituency, totaling to 24 Sector Officers holding Magisterial powers in the East District. These Sector Officers are deputed to ensure that the Model Code of Conduct is enforced successfully and under these Sector Officers, 30 Flying Squad teams to be deputed in the field for implementation of MCC and dealing with any violation.
The Superintendent Of Police, East District, Shri Hemraj Rai informed that Sector Police Officers and Sub-Sector Police Officers will also bedeputed for vigilance and monitoring. Apart from these teams , Expenditure Monitoring Teams, Video Surveillance Team, Video Viewing Team, Accounting team are also in place for strict adherence to the Code Of Conduct and for monitoring election expenditure.
Addressing queries related to safety provisions in place, SP/East informed that along with the state police force, 10 additional companies of para-military forces are being sent to the state. It was informed that sensitive polling stations will be given extra security and further stated that at present, an approximate of 77 polling station locations have been identified as sensitive, critical and vulnerable areas, the number of which would change as per law and order situations.
The District Collector who is the Returning Officer/East District also informed that this year, Biraspati Parsai Senior Secondary School, Ranipool would be the venue of the Strong Room and poll day works for East district.
Later in the afternoon, the District Collector-cum-DEO (East) Shri Kapil Meena briefed the representatives of different political parties about various issues related to the General Election like security arrangements, hoardings, pamphlet distributions, venues of public places for holding election campaign etc. He also informed that no public meetings with regard to elections would be held in Paljor Stadium this year.
The DC also said that there should be no event held without the permission of the DC Office including permission of campaigning vehicles and public meeting venue permissions. He stated that pre-certification of social media related to political advertisements is necessary from the Media Certification and Monitoring Committee (MCMC).Clarifications of various issues were also done by the District Collector with the representatives of various political parties.