DEO West Meets with the Printers and Publishers of West Sikkim

Gyalshing, 19th March, 2019 (IPR): A meeting was called by the DC-cum-DEO West Shri. Karma R. Bonpo with the Printers and Publishers of West Sikkim at the DC Office today. The DEO explained in details about the “127A. RESTRICTIONS ON THE PRINTING OF PAMPHLETS, POSTERS ETC.” to the proprietors present in the meeting. He explained that all elections related materials need to have the name and addresses of the publishers and the printers. He also mentioned that 3 sets sample copies of the printed materials along with the ‘Appendix A’ needs to be submitted to the DEO.

The DEO advised that the Printers need to be careful while printing materials in regards to Elections and that the Appendix A need to be filled by the concerned publishers. He urged the printers that the Order of the Election commission N0. 3/9/(ES008)/94-J.S. II dated 2nd September, 1994 needs to be followed without fail.

A copy of Appendix A was also provided by the Office of DEO West to the Printers present in the meeting.

Expenditure Monitoring which should be observed by all the various party candidates

Gangtok, March 19: (IPR) Meeting was held in the chamber of the District Election Officer (DEO) Shri Kapil Meena with the various party representatives informing them about the major provisions related to Expenditure Monitoring which should be observed by all the various party candidates. The party representatives were advised on how the candidates are supposed to maintain accounts so as to ensure all expenses incurred by candidates are properly accounted for. Further clarification was given by Expenditure Observers to the queries and doubts raised by party representatives.

Expenditure Observers for East District

Gangtok, March 19: (IPR) The 4 Expenditure Observers for East District namely the Commissioner (Excise) Shri Vinayak Azad who is the Expenditure Observer for Parliamentary Constituency; Addl Commissioner (Income Tax) Shri Rajesh Kumar who is the Expenditure Observer for Assembly Constituencies (17-22); Jt. Commissioner (Excise) Shri Devesh Gupta who is the Expenditure Observer for Assembly Constituencies (23-28) and Shri Ravi Patel who is the Expenditure Observer for Sangha AC arrived in the state yesterday had their first review meetings with various groups today. In the morning the Expenditure Observers first conducted the meeting with Assistant Expenditure Observers (AEOs) and they were briefed about the Expenditure Monitoring Mechanism for the upcoming General Elections 2019.

The Expenditure Observers then met with the Accounting Teams and were given a brief about the general guidelines of the Election Commission of India on Expenditure Monitoring and all doubts raised by participants were also clarified by them.

This was followed by a meeting with the SP East Shri Hemraj Rai, Dy Commissioner (Excise) Smt Binita Sharma, Dy Commissioner (Income Tax) Shri Suraj Bhan Garhwal on the preparations being made for ensuring coordination among all agencies involved in Expenditure Monitoring for upcoming General Elections 2019.
The phone numbers of the Expenditure Observers are:
1. Shri Vinayak Azad, Observer PC: 6294254045
2. Shri Rajesh Kumar, Observer AC (17-22): 9064595948
3. Shri Devesh Gupta, Observer AC (23-28): 6294266747
4. Shri Ravi Patel, Observer 32 Sangha AC: 7076988286

Second round training for North District

Mangan, 18 March (IPR): Second round training for Sector Magistrate (SM), Sector Police Officer (SPO), Assistant Expenditure Observer (AEO), Flying Squads Team (FST), Static Surveillance Team (SST), Video Surveillance Team (VST), Video Viewing Team (VVT) and Accounting Team of North District was conducted at the conference hall of District Administrative Center, North, today.
The training was conducted in the presence of Shri Ravi Patel, Railway and Account Services who is the Expenditure Observer of North District. He was accompanied by District Magistrate cum Returning Officer (RO), Shri Raj K Yadav and Superintendent of Police, North, Shri Kunzang Dorjee Sangdarpa.
National Level Master Trainer cum Sub Divisional Magistrate (SDM), Kabi, Shri Mahesh Sharma trained to the SM, SPO, AEO, FST, SST, VST, VVT and Accounting Team on different issue related to election procedure. He also explained in detail about the duties and responsibilities of all extended teams those who are engaged in election.
He made clear about the expenditure of the candidate who is contesting in Assembly Constituency and Parliamentary Constituency. Candidate who is contesting for Assembly Constituency and Parliamentary Constituency should not exceed his or her expenditure as stipulated in guideline of Election Commission of India (ECI).
Talking on C-VIGIL Application he emphasized to make use of the said application to the participants for fast and effective communication during the course of election.
He informed that if any voter forgets to take his or her EPIC card along with them on polling day at the time he or she can cast vote by verifying their name in voter list and by producing the following alternate documents viz. Passport, Driving License, Service Identity Card, Service Identity Cards with photograph issued to employees Central/State Govt./Public Limited Companies, Passbooks with photograph issued by Bank/Post Office, PAN Card, Smart Card issued by RGI under NPR, MNREGA Job Card, Health Insurance Smart Card issued under the scheme of Ministry of Labour, Pension document with photograph, Official identity cards issued to MPs/MLAs/MLCs, and Adhaar Card.

North District Election Office successfully conducted the first randomization of Electronic Voting Machines and Voter Verifiable Paper Audit Trail

Mangan, March 18 (IPR): In compliance with directions of the Election Commission of India (ECI), the North District Election Office successfully conducted first randomization of Electronic Voting Machines (EVM) and Voter Verifiable Paper Audit Trail (VVPAT) in the presence of District Magistrate-cum-District Election Officer, Shri Raj K Yadav, SDM (HQ) Mangan, Shri Samdup Bhutia, officials of the Election Department and District NIC and representatives of all political parties of the district, today here at chamber of the District Collector.
Whole process of first randomization was carried out through ‘Election Management System’ (EMS) software with an aim to rule out any fix location of the electronic voting machines. Earlier, DEO explained in detail about the first randomization process and EMS software to the representatives of the political parties.
Thereafter, Electronic Voting Machines located at strong room, Zilla Bhawan, Pentok was shifted to newly constructed strong room at District Administrative Centre premises in the presence of all political parties. Entire shifting process was supervised by the SDM of Mangan, Kabi and Dzongu and escorted by the police personnel.
Later on, all EVM were physically segregated as per the first randomization sheet and kept aside assembly constituency/assembly segment wise at new strong room in the presence of the representatives of all political parties and other authorized governmental officials. Entry to the strong is restricted and guarded by the police personnel 24×7.

Press Release From the Office of the DEO West, Shri. Karma R. Bonpo

Gyalshing, 18th March, 2019 (IPR): The DEO informed that the Nomination process has begun from 18-03-2019 at the Office of the District Collector, DAC Rabdentse. He informed that during the filling of Nominations only 3 Vehicles of the Candidate are allowed within 100 meters periphery of the DAC compound.
He also informed that the Candidates and four extra person are allowed in the Returning Officer’s Office. A single window has been setup for candidates to collect their nomination form and other documents with regard to elections. Further, the RO informed that State Bank of Sikkim officials have has been briefed to facilitate the TDR deposit by candidates and give them the highest priority.
He also informed that the EVMs & VVPAT machines have been shifted from EVM & VVPAT Warehouse to Strong room at Kyongsa Girls Senior Secondary School and is being stored under maximum security. The area is under 24 by 7 CCTV surveillance and is being manned by CAPF.
The First Randomization would be done on 21-03-19 in front of all Political Parties as informed by the DEO West.

The first randomisation of Electronic Voting Machines and Voter Verifiable Paper Audit Trail

Namchi, 18th March (IPR): The first randomisation of Electronic Voting Machines (EVMs) and Voter Verifiable Paper Audit Trail (VVPATs) was held at ware house at DAC in presence of DC cum RO South Mr Ragul K. representatives of political parties along with the elections officials today.

The entire process of randomisation was done through Election Management Software (EMS) as per the directions of the Election Commission of India. In this session, the RO informed the attendees about the procedure of randomisation of the EVMs and VVPATs thoroughly and updated that the EVMs and VVPATs will be allocated for each Assembly constituency, Assembly segment of Parliamentary constituency including Sangha and for reserve EVMs as well.

After the randomisation, the EVMs and VVPATs were shifted to the newly constructed strong room at Government Senior Secondary School Namchi and these have been kept separately for Assembly Constituency and Assembly segment wise. It may also be mentioned here that 9 strong rooms have been made for Assembly constituencies including Sangha and 8 strong rooms have been prepared for 8 Assembly segments of Parliamentary constituency. In addition, 24×7 adequate security measures has been made for the Strong Room where the machines are kept and is guarded by armed forces and fire emergency vehicles is also stationed at the Strong Room premises to avoid any untoward incidents. Further, CCTV cameras have been installed at different locations to monitor the movements.
In the south district, a total number 518 of EVMs and VVPATs are allocated to eight assembly Constituencies including Sangha and for Parliamentary constituency. In addition, RO informed the second and final round of randomisation will be held on the day of preparing EVMs for poll purpose.

Two day training for officials and staff comprising of the Expenditure Monitoring Committee for the General Elections 2019 concluded

Gangtok, 15 March(IPR): A two day training for officials and staff comprising of the Expenditure Monitoring Committee for the General Elections 2019 concluded today.

Held at the District Collectorate Complex, the training was conducted by Assistant Collector / East Mr Rohan Agawane with assistance from the Accounts Officer.

The training was conducted in 3 batches, each comprising of six teams of Assistant Expenditure Officers, Accounting Teams, Flying Squads, Static Surveillance Teams, Video Surveillance Teams and Video Viewing Teams.

The trainer, Mr Rohan Agawane informed that the training was conducted primarily to brief and acquaint the expenditure monitoring team members on the guidelines issued by the Election Commission of India for the elections and strict Adherence to the Model Code of Conduct. It was further informed that all the teams falling under the committee were imparted hands-on training sessions on correctly filling in the daily report formats and submitting them to the office of the District Election Officer and their concerned officials/heads.More than 100 trainees were part of the two day training programme.

District Election Officer, East has informed that Nomination Papers are available now in District Administrative Centre with Sub-Divisional Magistrate, Gangtok in Room No. 210.

Political Parties or the candidates maybtake copies of Nominations and Affidavit (form-26) from the office and filing of nominations will be allowed from 18th to 25th March between 11 AM to 3PM except on public holidays. As per Election Commission of India instructions, public holidays also includes fourth Saturday of a month.

The nominations for Sikkim Parliamentary Constituency and 7 Assembly Constituencies No. 23 to 28 &. 32 Sangha Constituency shall be received in the Chamber of District Collector, East and for Assembly Constituencies No. 17 to 22 shall be received in the Chamber of Addl. District Collector, East who are Returning Officer for the respective constituencies.

Three days long District level “School Sports Meet” 2018-19 was started from 14th of March in North district

Mangan, March 15 (IPR):
Three days long District level “School Sports Meet” 2018-19 was started from 14th of March in North district. The meet will be concluded on 16th of March 2019. Altogether eight different disciplines such as Athletics, Archery, Badminton, Boxing, Football, Karate, Table Tennis and Taekwondo were played at different venues of the district. Said sports meet was organized by Human Resource Development department in collaboration with Sports and Youth Affairs Department, Government of Sikkim. The meet was organized for the students of below 17 years of age.
Table Tennis, Taekwondo and Badminton were played at Mangan Nagar Panchayat Hall. Final match of district level Table Tennis for the boy’s category was won by Chungthang Block and in girl’s category Mangan Block won the match. In total 34 students from four Block had participated in Table Tennis. Similarly in Taekwondo 7 boys and 7 girls were selected for state level meet.
Final match of the district level Football won by Mangan Block in both categories, which was played on 14th of March at Mangan, Public ground. District level boxing will be played at Mangshila on 16th of March.
As informed by Mrs. Janim Lepcha, Deputy Director, Sports and Youth Affairs Department, North that district level Sports Meet was participated by the students of different school from four Blocks of the district. She further said that the selected players in different disciplines of the district level meet will perform in the forthcoming state level sports meet 2018-19 which will be held at State capital, Gangtok from 18th–22nd March.

Press meeting to brief about the implementation of the Model Code of Conduct

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.