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).