FINAL BRIEFING TO ALL CANDIDATES AND THEIR ELECTION AGENTS FOR FINAL ARRANGEMENT OF COUNTING DAY

Gangtok, May 21, 2019 (IPR): The 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 Sichey today. The meeting was chaired by DC-cum-DEO East Shri Kapil Meena in presence of Observers Shri Kumar Rajeev and Ameyah Abhyankar , SP (East) Shri Hemraj Rai, ADC (East) Shri Bharani Kumar, SDMs and other officials.

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 totallyprohibited 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.

SP(East) in his address briefed about the security and traffic arrangements for Counting day and requested everyone present to cooperate with the security personnels. . 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. 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

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