Gangtok, 13 Mar (IPR): In connection with the upcoming General Elections 2019 in East District, the second round of training to the Presiding Officers and 1st Polling Officers was held from 11-13 March at three venues namely the Conference Hall of DAC, Training Hall of Traffic Police and Conference Hall of Zilla Bhawan. The training consisted of three batches per day making it a total of altogether nine batches in the three days training course.
Resource Persons for the training were Shri Bharani Kumar, ADC (East), Shri Sunil Mothay, SDM (HQ), Prem Kamal Rai, SDM (Rangpo), Shri Tenzing Dorjee Bhutia, SDM (Pakyong) and Shri Yadav K.Sharma, DPO (Zilla).
The Presiding Officers and 1st Polling Officers were explained in detail about their roles and duties, basic functions and workings of the EVM and VVPATs, importance of CRC, errors, basic precautions, commissioning and sealing, Mock poll exercises, commensurate entries in Form 17 C, etc.
The District Election Officer/District Collector(East), Shri Kapil Meena, also addressed the gathering and emphasized on the responsibilities of the Presiding Officers and Polling Officers. He emphasized that the main objective of the training is to instill confidence in operating the machines without any fear. He urged all the Polling personnel to perform their duties in a fair manner so as to help in the conduct of free and fair elections.
All statutory functions and responsibilities of both officers were explained and they were also trained on all reporting formats of poll day. It was also informed that the third and final round of training will be conducted for full polling parties wherein a final briefing will be given to them before the actual day of poll. The absentee polling personnel’s would also be issues show cause notice, it was informed.
Gyalshing, 12 Mar (IPR) : The 2nd round of training for Presiding and Polling 1 Officers started from 11 Mar at two venues namely at Conference Hall, Zilla Panchayat Bhawan in Gyalshing and Conference Hall, SDM Office in Soreng.
The trainings will be focused on theory classed and the practical hands-on training on the EVM and VVPAT sealing, testing, filling of forms, Presiding dairy and also an assessment test at end of the training session.
The master trainers for the training are Shri Tushar G. Nikhare, SDM (HQ), Smt K.S.C. Tongden, DE Power, and Santosh Alley, Senior Welfare Officer. Shri Amir Bhandari will be giving training for Pollstar application in Gyalshing.
Similarly for Soreng, Master trainers are Shri Himmat Rai, SDM Soreng and Dillip Sharma, DCSO West. The training for Pollstar application in Soreng will be given by Ms Sonam Palmu Bhutia, US (Elections).
The number has been fixed to a maximum of 55 trainees in each location and the training is scheduled to conclude on 16/3/19.
Gyalshing, 12 Mar (IPR): District Collector-cum-DEO, Shri Karma R. Bonpo, along with SP West, Shri Tenzing Loden Lepcha, ADC West, Shri Karma Lodey Lepcha, and SDM Gyalshing, Shri Gilbert Lepcha, met with the members of the political parties of West Sikkim at the DAC Conference Hall in Gyalshing.
In the meeting, the DC-cum-DEO informed to all that the Model Code of Conduct is in order and must be strictly adhered. He mentioned that the political parties need to follow the guidelines of the MCC. He informed that areas have been designated for them for postering and banner placements. He further informed that spaces to all parties would be made available.
He also mentioned that private areas can be used after availing NOC from the private party and permission from the office of the DEO. He further mentioned that permission for the conduction of Public Meetings and use of public places needs to be sought not earlier than 7 days and not later than 2 days. He informed that a single window system would be created for the easement of the political parties.
A sum of 2500/- for the use of small ground and 5000/- for the use of big ground needs to be deposited at the Head of HRDD if the political parties choose to use the School Grounds for campaigns.
The SP West also spoke in the law and order issues which the parties need to follow under the MCC. He further stated that the political parties must read and follow the MCC norms to avoid difficulties.
A training on Expenditure and other important Election related issues would be given to the Candidate after 29th March, 2019. An half and hour meeting between the DEO and the political parties every day from 29/3/19 till the day of Poll 11/4/19 would be conducted where the Political parties can state their grievances and discuss.
Representation during the meeting were from Sikkim Democratic Front (SDF), Sikkim Krantikari Morcha (SKM) and Bharitya Janta Party (BJP).
Namchi, 12 Mar (IPR): A coordination meeting with the representatives of various political parties was chaired by DC cum DEO (South), Mr. Ragul K., and SP (South), Mr. Manish Verma. Present amongst others were ADC (South), Mr. Satyen Pradhan, SDM (HQ), Mr. Hemant Rai, along with other officials.
Addressing the gathering, the DEO briefed about the various aspects of the Model Code of Conduct and its guidelines with regards to political parties. Mr. Ragul spoke about the required permission needed by the political parties from the concerned departments. He informed that the posters, pamphlets and banners to be used for election campaign has to be printed following the ECI guidelines. He also informed that from this year onwards the ballot paper will also include the photo of the candidate and urged the attendees that it is imperative for them to fill in the essential forms and submit the required photos.
Speaking during the meeting, SP (South), Mr. Manish Verma, detailed the permission which needs to be sought from the office of the SP namely for the rally of vehicles, selecting of meeting place and many more significant matters relating with the contesting political parties. Additionally, the SP emphasized that they need to maintain peace, smooth law and order at all times.
During the course of the meeting, Nodal Officer for expenditure monitoring spelled out the significant of maintaining the expenses of candidates as per the guidelines of ECI.
Namchi, 12 Mar (IPR): With the implementation of Model Code of Conduct in the State, South District DC cum DEO, Mr. Ragul K., held a meeting with the Sector Magistrates at the conference hall of DAC today. Present during the meeting were ADC (South), Mr. Satyen Pradhan, SDM (HQ), Mr. Hemant Rai, along with other officials.
Addressing the gathering, the DEO spoke in detail about the various guidelines of ECI pertaining with the sector magistrates. He informed that there are a total number of 16 sector officers and 160 polling stations in the district. He highlighted that anyone found in violation of model code of conduct will be liable for action by the concerned election officials. The DEO also encouraged that smooth co-ordination need to be arranged between the various officials engaged in the election duty.
The number for District Control Room is 03595 264404, 264927 the fax number for the same is 264734.
A meeting with printers and publishers was held at the chamber of DC cum DEO (South) Mr. Ragul K today. He spoke in-depth about the rules and regulations which needs to be followed by the concerned printers and publishers. He added that Appendix A is required to be filled by the concerned publishers and that three sets of printing materials need to be submitted at the DEOs office.
Thereafter, a meeting with bankers of South District was held at conference hall of DAC today. The resource person for the meeting were SDM (Namchi), Ms. Choden Gyatso, along with Chief Pay and Accounts Officer, Mr. Sunil Sharma, and representatives from various banks.
During the meeting, the resource persons informed the bankers to keep a strict vigil on the accounts opened by the various political parties and the candidates and also updated if any kind of suspicious cash transactions happens during the election, it should be reported accordingly. They urged the attendees to monitor cash transactions, maintain cash and bank register along with many more important categories relating to the upcoming general elections. The resource persons also highlighted that the bankers need to follow the rules and regulations of Election Commission of India.
Mangan, 12 Mar (IPR): With the announcement of General Election 2019 by the Election Commission of India on 10 March, District Magistrate-cum- RO, North, Shri Raj K. Yadav, and Superintendent of Police, North, Shri Kungzang Dorjee Shangderpa, conducted co-ordination meeting with officials who are engaged with election duty here at DAC Conference hall today. The meeting basically convened in connection with free, fair and robust conduct of election.
The DM brief that 24×7 District Control Room have been established at DAC conference hall with landline No. 03592-234204 and 03592-234438. As informed by District Collector cum Returning Officer, North people can lodge their complaints in district control room through landline no. 03592-234204 and 03592-234438 and online C-Vigil application on any violation of model code of conduct. Nomination of the candidates will be starts from 18th of March and polling will be held on 11 April.
In total, there are 52 polling stations in the district. 6 Flying Squad, 6 Static Surveillance Team, 10 Sector Magistrate(SM) and 10 of Sector Police Officers are deputed in the District to enforce Model Code of Conduct (MCC) more effectively. For Expenditure and Monitoring of the Candidate 3 Video Viewing Team (VVT), 4 Video Surveillance Team (VST), 3 Accounting team and 3 Assistant Expenditure Observer (AEO) have been appointed and are present in the Control Room.
All polling stations have been ensured regarding assured Minimum Facilities. Sector Magistrates are directed to visit all polling stations physically for mapping vulnerability as per direction of Election Commission of India (ECI). During the meeting the DM directed the sector Magistrate to ensure removal of any political poster; hoardings etc. from everywhere in the district and to submit report on assured minimum facilities of all polling station before March 18 and also to ensure facilities like wheel chair and necessary volunteer of PWD voters.
The meeting emphasized on use of C-vigil, National Grievances Redressal system portal (NGRS) online applications. Master Trainer, Shri Mahesh Sharma imparted quick overview of the Model Code of conduct. Further, DM-CUM- RO asked to the officials to handle any political events more humbly and perform their assigned tasks as mandated.