A daylong training for Polling Officers II-IV for bye-elections 2019

Namchi, 17th October (IPR): A daylong training for Polling Officers II-IV for the upcoming bye-elections of 10 Poklok Kamrang assembly constituency under South District was held at the auditorium of Namchi Senior Secondary School today.

It may be mentioned here that a total of 90 Polling Officers attended the training which was conducted by SDM Gyalshing (HQ) Shri. Tushar Nikhare who is the Master Trainer for the election related training and SDM Yangang Shri. Sangay Gyatso Bhutia who is also the Nodal Officer and Training Co-ordinator.

The Master Trainer in his PPT presentation detailed out a comprehensive structure of the upcoming bye-elections and spelled out the rules and regulations laid down by the Election Commission of India (ECI) regarding the roles and responsibilities of the Polling Officers. The resource person indicated the polling officers to strictly follow the Election Commission of India rules while conducting the bye-elections and detailed out the Do’s and Don’ts on using the Electronic Voting Machines (EVMs) and Voters Verifiable Paper Audit Trails (VVPATs) on the day of the polls. The trainees were also briefed about the proper set-up of polling stations, entry of contesting candidate, election agents of contesting candidate, public servants on duty, media persons with authorized access and person accompanying or assisting a blind or infirm voter on the day of the polls. Further, Shri. Nikhare issued instructions to Polling Officers II to be well versed about the maintenance of registration of voters in Form 17A and application of indelible ink while he instructed Polling officers III to take charge of the Control unit (CU) and inspect the voter’s slip before allowing any voter to cast their votes. The officials were also apprised of the mock poll to be conducted in the presence of representatives of political parties before the commencement of polling to ensure proper functioning of the machines.

During the course of the program, the polling officers were familiarized upon usage of EVMs and VVPATs, preparation of control unit, maintaining marked copy of electoral rolls and other procedures. The officials were also fair and equitable election process.

Review Meeting by General Observer for 10 Poklok Kamrang Assembly Constituency

Namchi, 17th October (IPR): Mr. Alak Kumar Saharia, General Observer for Bye Elections for 10 Poklok Kamrang Assembly Constituency conducted a review meeting on the dos and don’ts for the upcoming election. Present amongst others were Expenditure Observer for 10 Poklok Kamrang Assembly Constituency Mr. Kalrav Mishra, Returning Officer (South) Mr. Ragul K, SP (South) Mr. Prawin Gurung, Assistant Returning Officer Mr. Satyan K. Pradhan, ASP (South) Mr. Janapandiyan J., Sector Magistrates, Sector Police Officers and other election officials.

Mr. Alak Kumar Saharia gave a detailed power point presentation in which he explained various requirements for the efficient and well-organized conduct of the Bye Elections. He touched upon various topics and challenges which the elections officials may face during the poll, prior to poll and on the poll day. He also elucidated on the importance of peaceful conduct of elections, security deployment plan, randomization of polling officials, booth level management and communications plans, training of police personnels and on other aspects of elections. Mr. Saharia also emphasized on the use of different kinds of applications namely that of C-Vigil, National Voters Service Portal (NVSP), National Grievances Services Portal for the convenience of the voters. He further underlined that important voter’s helpline and grievance numbers should be circulated to the masses at large. Moreover, he updated that the election officials should follow the guidelines laid down by Election Commission of India.

Speaking during the session, Returning Officer (South) Mr. Ragul K. outlined about the arrangements made for the smooth conduct of Bye Elections at 10 Poklok Kamrang Assembly Constituency. He put forward the constituency and the route map where he factored the critical polling stations, total number of voters as well as the facilities that will be provided by the authorities specifically that of ramps for wheelchairs and braille signage for the differently-abled voters so as to exercise their franchise.

During the course of the meeting there was an interactive discussion between the election officials and the General Observer.

A training for the Micro Observers for the upcoming bye-elections 2019

Namchi, 16th October (IPR): A training for the Micro observers for the upcoming bye-elections of Poklok Kamrang constituency under South District was held at the Conference hall of Zilla Panchayat Bhawan today.

The resource person for the day were SDM Gyalshing (HQ) Shri. Tushar Nikhare who is the Master Trainer and SDM Yangang Shri. Sangay Gyatso Bhutia who is the Nodal Officer and Training Co-ordinator.

Master Trainer Shri. Tushar Nikhare in his address spoke about the imperative responsibilities of Micro Observers (MO) in the smooth conduct of polls. He stated that the tasks of MO revolve around reporting deviations in the polling process from the assigned polling station to the General Observer. He also added that the MO needs to observe the overall election process of the polling booth assigned to him and for performing his duties well, he needs to understand the roles and responsibilities of official machinery of polling booth. He also made the trainees aware that if there is a possibility of any serious problem that arises during the poll day, information should immediately be conveyed by phone to the General Observer or the Returning Officer (RO).

The resource persons for the day also asserted that the MO’s have to observe all complaints made to them by the polling agents, election agents and electors during the poll and understand the seriousness and nature of the complaints. Likewise, he also informed the MO’s about senior citizens, infirm and differently-able voters. Additionally, he also briefed the MO’s regarding the management outside and inside the polling stations and the duties of the polling team. During the course of the training the MO’s were apprised about EVMs, ballot unit, presiding officer and polling officers of the polling team, voter’s slip, ballot account, mock poll and other process.

During the later half of the training, a demonstration of EVMs and VVPATs followed by a hands-on session of the Control Unit and VVPATs were conducted.

Shri. Alak Kumar Saharia, General Observer for Bye Elections for 10 Poklok Kamrang Assembly Constituency in his address advised the Micro Observers to be vigilant and said that any serious deviation needs to be reported to him promptly. Directions regarding the presence of MOs in their respective polling booths throughout the polling day and observing all the processes of the elections as per the guidelines of Election Commission of India meticulously were also asserted by the General Observer. He also notified the MOs to be conversant with the laws and rules related to election conduct on the poll day and to ensure successful completion of polls.

A daylong training for Counting Supervisors & Assistants for bye-election 2019

Namchi, 16th October (IPR): A daylong training for Counting Supervisors and Counting Assistants for the bye-elections 2019 for 10 Poklok Kamrang Assembly Constituency under South District was held at the Conference hall of Zilla Panchayat Bhawan today.

The resource person for the day were SDM Gyalshing (HQ) Shri. Tushar Nikhare who is the Master Trainer and SDM Yangang Shri. Sangay Gyatso Bhutia who is the Nodal Officer and Training Coordinator.

Addressing the gathering, Master Trainer Shri. Tushar Nikhare gave a detailed PowerPoint presentation on the DO’s and DON’Ts of the counting process while also adding that only authorized people will be allowed to enter the Counting Hall including the candidates their election agent and counting agents. Further, he instructed the counting supervisors and counting assistants to report to the Counting hall at the stipulated time on the day of the counting. Shri. Tushar also stated that the placement of counting officials will be conducted via randomization process after which they will be assigned to their respective counting tables for counting of votes. He further informed that there shall be a total of six counting tables wherein one counting Supervisor and one counting Assistant will be seated. Similarly, he highlighted the trainees about the guidelines stated in Part 1 and Part 2 of Form 17C and asked them to carry out the counting in an efficient and error-free manner.

It was informed during the training that usage of mobile phones inside the Counting hall is strictly prohibited on the day of the counting and any serious deviation needs to be reported to the Returning Officer.

The counting supervisors and counting assistants were also imparted a hands-on training on the usage of control unit and VVPATs.

Second Randomization and commissioning of EVMs

Namchi 16th October (IPR): The second randomization and Commissioning of the Electronic Voting Machines (EVMs) and Voter Verifiable Paper Audit Trail (VVPATs) to be used for the ensuing Bye Elections of 10 Poklok Kamrang Assembly Constituency was done at the Conference Hall of District Administrative Centre, today. The randomization and commissioning process was held in the presence of Returning Officer (South) Mr. Ragul K., General Observer for 10 Poklok Kamrang Assembly Constituency Mr. Alak Kumar Saharia, Assistant Returning Officer Mr. Satyen K. Pradhan, election officials and various election agents.

The entire procedure of randomization was completed as per the directions of the Election Commission of India through the EVM Management System (EMS). It may also be mentioned that a total of forty one numbers of EVMs and VVPATs have been allocated to 10 Poklok Kamrang Assembly Constituency. After the randomization, engineers from Electronics Corporation of India Ltd (ECIL) oversaw the commissioning and uploaded the symbols in the VVPATs. Similarly, following the commissioning of EVMs and VVPATs, the machines were sealed and shifted to the strong room which has been set up at annex building of DAC. The EVMs and VVPATs were stored in the presence of General Observer, Returning Officer, officials of Election Department and agents of contesting candidates. The machines are stored under 24×7 CCTV surveillance and are guarded by armed security personnel.

Second Round of Inspection of Accounts of 10 Poklok Kamrang

Namchi, 16th October (IPR): The second round of inspection of accounts of election expenditure of the contesting candidates for Bye Elections 2019 for 10 Poklok Kamrang Assembly Constituency was conducted at District Administrative Centre (DAC), Namchi today. Present during this process were Expenditure Observer for 10 Poklok Kamrang Assembly Constituency Mr. Kalrav Mishra, CPAO South Mr. Sunil Sharma and various other officials.

In this inspection, accounts of candidates were reconciled with the record maintained by the Assistant Expenditure Observer.It may be mentioned that the third inspection of accounts and re-conciliation for the contesting candidates of 10 Poklok Kamrang Assembly Constituency is scheduled to be conducted on 20th October at DAC.

Lt. General N K Khanduri called on Hon’ble governor Shri Ganga Prasad

Gangtok,October 15th:(IPR) Lt. General Nav K Khanduri, VSM Corps Commander GOC, 33 Corps, today called on Hon’ble Governor Shri Ganga Prasad at Raj Bhavan. He was accompanied by Major General Ram Chander Tiwari, SM, GOC 17 Mtn. Division, Major General A. K. Verma, GOC 27 Mtn. Division and Major General S.S Bajaj, GOC 20 Mtn. Division on the occasion.
It was a courtesy call by Lt. General Khanduri after taking charge as Corps Commander GOC 33 Corps in September 2019. He is in Sikkim as part of his security review visit to forward posts.

Hon’ble Governor conveyed his pleasure on meeting Lt. General Khanduri and extended best wishes for his new assignment. Hon’ble Governor expressed that under the guidance of Lt. General Khanduri, synergy, coordination and relation between Indian Army and civil population in the region and Sikkim in particular, will remain cordial and mutually beneficial for larger interest of the region and the country.

TRAINING FOR PRESIDING OFFICERs AND POLLING OFFICERs

Gangtok October 15th: (IPR) The second round of training for Presiding Officers and Polling Officers was held today at Zilla, Conference hall Sichey. Returning Officer, East Mr. Raj Yadav briefed the officials about their roles and responsibilities with respect to the conduct of election.

The functioning of the EVM & VVPAT was also explained to them and a hands-on training session was also conducted to familiarize EVM & VVPAT. He elucidated on the tasks to be meticulously achieved prior to the polling day, during the polling day and certain tasks to be completed after the polling. The trainees were informed about the various DOs and DONTs regarding the polling process in line with the guidelines of the ECI.

The significance of the conduct of mock poll before commencing the actual poll was emphasized and all the necessary procedures pertaining to the polling process were demonstrated.

General Observer for 10-Poklok Kamrang visited polling stations

Namchi, 15th October (IPR): Mr. Alak Kumar Saharia, General Observer for Bye Elections for 10 Poklok Kamrang Assembly Constituency visited various polling stations today. He was accompanied by Sector Magistrates Mr. Chiran Rizal, Mr. Vishu Lama, Liasion Officer Mr. Chewang Bhutia, Booth Level and other election officials.

The Observer inspected the various polling stations namely Sorok Syampani, Gom, Assangthang, Sambung, Mamley and Kamrang. At Kamrang the Observer attended the Systematic Voter’s Education and Electoral Participation (SVEEP) program wherein he informed them about the aim and objective of this program. He also updated that SVEEP is
a flagship program of the Election Commission of India for voter education, spreading voter awareness and promoting voter literacy in India. He also briefly interacted with the participants of this program and encouraged them to enthusiastically take part in the electoral process.

At, the polling stations the Observer inquired of the facilities provided for senior citizens, infirm and physically challenged voters. He also updated that assistance should be provided for Infirm voters, ramp has also to be set up and it is mandatory for the polling stations to have clean and hygienic washroom for both male and female as well as adequate medical provision. He also updated the BLOs to print and put up the phone numbers of the Returning Officers and other election agents for the convenience of the general public.

2nd round training for Presiding Officers & Polling Officers-I for Bye-Election

Namchi, 15th October (IPR): The second round of training for Presiding Officers and Polling Officers I for the ensuing Bye-Elections for 10 Poklok Kamrang Assembly Constituency was conducted at the Conference hall of Zilla Bhawan, Namchi today.

The training program had the presence of SDM Gyalshing(HQ) Mr. Tushar Nikhare as the Master Trainer, SDM Yangang Mr. Sangay Gyatso Bhutia as Nodal Officer (Training Management ) along with SDM Namchi cum Sector Magistrate Mr. Vishu Lama and Under Secretary Election Department Mr. Yogen Syangden.

It may be mentioned here that a total of 52 Presiding Officers and Polling Officers 1 attended the training today.

During the program, Mr. Tushar Nikhare trained the officials about the various procedures for the smooth conduct of polls as laid down by the Election Commission of India (ECI). He spoke about the roles and responsibilities of Presiding and Polling Officers I as a significant one and directed the officials to follow the processes effectively for the successful conduct of the bye-election. He further added that marking the checklists of materials and maintaining of Presiding Officers diary, managing complaints, closing of polls and sealing of Electronic Voting Machines is mandatory and extremely crucial. He also discussed the various measures to be carried out in ensuring the successful conduct of polls on the day of the polling.

In addition, a hands-on training for the Presiding and Polling Officers I was also conducted along with mock poll, setting up of Polling Station and connecting of EVM Machines etc as per the instructions of the ECI.