First randomization of EVMs/VVPATs for 12 Assembly Constituencies & Parliamentary Constituency conducted

Gangtok, 20 Mar (IPR): As per the guidelines of Election Commission of India, first randomization of EVMs and VVPATs for 12 Assembly Constituencies and Parliamentary Constituency was conducted at DC Office today. The randomization was conducted through EMS Software in the presence of District Election Officer (East), Mr. Kapil Meena, District NIC officials and representatives of political parties. The randomization of Sangha was conducted through EVM Randomization software v1.0 developed by NIC Sikkim State Unit.

The DEO briefed about the randomization process and EMS software to the representatives of political parties. He informed that tomorrow ADC (Hq), Mr. Jamyang Bhutia, shall be in-charge officer for shifting and transportation of all EVMs and VVPATs from existing warehouse to the Strong Room prepared at Brihaspati Parsai Senior Secondary School in Ranipool. This exercise will be done in presence of political parties and warehouse opening will take place at 8 am in CEO Office, Baluwakhani.

Third day of the filing the nominations in East district

Gangtok, 20 Mar (IPR): On the third day of the filing the nominations, the District Election Officer (East), Mr. Kapil Meena, informed that two candidates namely Mr. G.T. Dhungel and Mr. Em Prasad Sharma filed their nomination from 25-Upper Tadong and 22- Namcheybong Assembly constituency respectively for the upcoming General Election 2019.

The DEO also informed that there will be no filing of nomination on 21 March (Holi) and 23 March (fourth Saturday) as per the instructions from Election Commission of India.

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.

Preparations ready for Nomination Filing Period from 18-25 March in East

Gangtok, 17 Mar (IPR): District Election Officer, East has informed that all preparations have been made for Nomination Filing Period from 18-25 March.

On days of filing nominations, only three vehicles of the candidates will be allowed within 100m periphery of the East District Administrative Centre, Sichey.

There will be strict vigilance by District Police on any unauthorized entry and only one door will be allowed for people to enter.

Further, only the candidate and a maximum of four persons shall be allowed to enter inside the Returning Officer’s Chamber.

The filing of nominations for AC. No. 17 to 22 can be done in Chamber of Shri Bharani Kumar/IAS, ADC/East, who is the Returning Officer for these constituencies.

Nominations for AC. No. 23 to 28, 32 Sangha and for Parliament can be done in Chamber of Kapil Meena/ IAS, District Collector/East who is the Returning Officer for these constituencies.

Further, in the morning of 18 March, the first Randomization of EVMs and VVPATs will be carried out in the EVM Software in the presence of political party representatives. This Randomization will be done at District Collectorate at 9 am sharp followed by opening of Warehouse at the CEO Office Building, Baluwakhani.

The warehouse opening will also be done in the presence of political parties and thereafter EVMs and VVPATs meant for Polling Purpose will be shifted to the venue for Strong Rooms at Brihaspati Parsai Senior Secondary School, Ranipool.

The Strong Rooms for each of the Assembly Constituencies will be separate and will be under 24 X 7 CCTV Coverage and Double Lock System.

Adequate Police Security will be kept at Strong Rooms complex after keeping EVMs and VVPATs which will continue till the Election process is over. Fire Safety and all other ECI directions in this regard will be followed at the Strong Rooms.