Information from the DEO East on counting day

Gangtok, 21 May (IPR): District Election Officer, East, Shri Kapil Meena, has informed that all necessary preparations for Counting Day have been made as per the latest rules and directions of Election Commission of India. The required numbers of Counting Officials have been trained in two rounds of training along with training imparted to Micro-Observers. Other important officials including Assistant Returning Officers, support staffs, EVM/VVPAT transport teams, videographers, etc. have been briefed on their roles and responsibilities.

For maintaining law and order, all 10 BDOs are designated as Sector Magistrates for respective blocks to see law and order issues.

The DEO further informed that at the Counting Centre, 10 Sector Magistrates have been deployed for manning various counting halls as well as for law and order at Biraspati Parsai Senior Secondary School ground meant for candidates supporters. The SDM Rongli will be overall Magistrate In-charge for the Counting Centre to supervise the Sector Magistrates.

He also mentioned that each and every vital activity and point inside Counting Centre shall be either covered by CCTVs or will be videographed.

Final briefing for candidates and their election agents held in Gangtok

Gangtok, 21 May (IPR): Final meeting for discussion on arrangements for the counting of votes with the candidates and political representatives was conducted at the conference hall of DAC in Sichey today. The meeting was chaired by DC-cum-DEO, East, Shri Kapil Meena, in the presence of Observers, Shri Kumar Rajeev and Ameyah Abhyankar, SP (East), Shri Hemraj Rai, ADC (East), Shri Bharani Kumar, SDMs and other officials.

The DEO East said that the number of Counting Halls have been increased from 4 to 8 halls at the Biraspati Parsai SSS in order to make the process of counting swift and error free. He also mentioned about the various instructions of Election Commission of India including timely completion and other important guidelines which the attendees need to follow during the process of counting.

The DEO also briefed them extensively on the arrangements of the counting halls and explained at length about the counting of Postal Ballots, counting of Electronically Transmitted Postal Ballots, counting of votes recorded in EVMs, counting of VVPAT slips and compilation of data. He also spoke in depth about the filling of different forms, compilation of data and other necessary procedures to be followed.

While speaking further, the DEO informed that mobile phones and electronic items will be totally prohibited inside the counting halls, however, a separate collection room has been identified for storing of the electronic gadgets.

The DC informed that the candidates’ election agents and counting agents will not be allowed to enter the counting halls without valid identity cards issued by the authority. Similarly, a Media Centre, a Medical Unit Room and a reserve Counting staff room has also been set up inside the complex.

The DEO also informed that the strong room will be opened on 23rd May, 2019 at 7:00 am in presence of Observer, candidates and their election agents and Counting will commence from 8 am sharp. Counting will start with Postal Ballot counting first followed by EVM Counting thereafter. He also stated that the round wise and final results will be announced via loudspeaker which will be placed in all corners of the ground.

It was also informed that the results can be accessed at the ECI website and it will also be updated simultaneously on the Government of Sikkim facebook page as well as DM Gangtok East Sikkim facebook page.

The SP(East) in his address briefed about the security and traffic arrangements for counting day and requested everyone present to cooperate with the security personnel. He urged the political representatives to maintain self-discipline and quorum during the counting period and stated that Section 144 CrPc is still imposed in the whole state and thus to refrain from any kind of unethical activity and no major rallies/procession can be carried out without prior permission from the District Administration.

The DEO East informed that only the designated Counting Agents must come and enter those Counting Halls where counting of their respective Constituencies is taking place. For Sangha AC and 01-Sikkim PC the results will be compiled by East District and the Returning Officer/DM East who shall announce the final results.

General information for the day of counting

Namchi, 21 May (IPR): Returning Officer (South), Mr. Ragul K., informed that the counting of votes polled on 11th April shall be conducted in the counting centre established at Namchi Senior Secondary School. He added that there are six numbers of counting halls for counting of votes in this centre. Hall No 1, 2 and 3 will be used for counting of Assembly Constituencies, similarly, Hall No 4, 5 and 6 will be used for Assembly Segments of Parliamentary Constituencies.

In Hall No 1, votes of Assembly Constituencies 09 Barfung, 12 Melli and 14 Temi Namphing will be counted. Likewise, in Hall No 2 votes of 10 Poklok-Kamrang, 13 Namthang Rateypani and 16 Tumin Lingi will be counted and in Hall No 3, 32 Sangha, 11 Namchi Singhithang and 15 Rangang Yangang Assembly constituencies will be counted.

In Hall No 4, counting for Assembly segments of parliamentary constituencies namely 09 Barfung, 12 Melli and 14 Temi Namphing will be done. Hall No 5 will see the counting of Assembly segments of parliamentary constituencies of 10 Poklok Kamrang, 13 Namthang Rateypani and 16 Tumin Lingi. Hall No 6 will have Assembly segments of parliamentary constituencies of 11 Namchi Singhithang and 15 Rangang Yangang.

The strong room will be opened at 6:30 am in the presence of the General Observers, Returning Officer and contesting candidates. Additionally, the RO mentioned that four General Observers, Mr. Dharam Pal, Mr. Rajesh Jogpal, Mr. Shrish Chandra Verma and Mr. Tribhuwan Pati, who have been appointed by the Election Commission of India, have already arrived in Namchi for the purpose of counting.

The RO updated that these general observers have trained the micro observers on the various facets of counting at the conference hall of DAC today. Mr. Dharam Pal also visited the counting centre and verified the security arrangements. The RO said that the entire IT and communication systems have been checked during the dry run which was conducted at 8 am today.

It maybe mentioned that an elaborate arrangement for the candidates, election agents and their supporters have already been done by South District Administration. The RO also requested the general public to abide with the provision put up on the day of counting including proper maintenance of law and order for smooth and peaceful counting of votes.

Gangtok observes Anti Terrorism Day

Gangtok, 21 May (IPR): Sikkim joined the rest of the country in observing Anti-Terrorism Day today to mark the death anniversary of late Prime Minister Rajiv Gandhi who became victim of a terrorist attack in Tamil Nadu on this day in 1991.

Chief Secretary, Government of Sikkim, Shri A.K. Shrivastava, administered the pledge to all the officers and staff of the premises at Tashiling Secretariat.

Every year 21st May is observed as Anti-Terrorism Day, the Day is observed to generate awareness among all sections of people about the danger of terrorism and violence and its effect on the people, society and the country as a whole.

The pledge taking programme had the presence of HoDs of various departments and all officers and staff of all the offices situated at Tashiling Secretariat premises.

The pledge taking ceremony was also observed across the State at all Government offices, Public Sector Undertakings and other Public Institutions.

Anti Terrorism Day observed in North district

Mangan, 21 May (IPR): District Administrative Centre (DAC), North observed Anti Terrorism Day at DAC, Mangan. The pledge was administered by District Magistrate, North, Shri Raj Yadav. Anti Terrorism Day was also observed in Sub-Divisions and Block Administrative Centres (BACs) of the district where in pledge was administered by SDMs, BDOs and HoDs.

West Sikkim Observes Anti Terrorism Day

Gyalshing, 21 May (IPR): Anti Terrorism Day was observed by District Administration, Sub-divisions and Block Offices of West Sikkim. The pledge was administered by Superintendent of Police, West, Shri Tenzing Loden Lepcha, at the DAC in Rabdentse. Similarly, SDMs, BDOs and HoDs administered the pledge at their respective offices.