The final round of training for Counting officials concludes in Gyalshing District

Gyalshing, May 28(IPR):The final round of training for Counting Supervisors, Counting Assistants, Micro Observers, Escort Officials, Group D staff, AROs of PB, EVM, and ETPBS under Gyalshing district for the General Elections 2024 concluded today at the Conference Hall of Zilla Bhawan Kyongsa.
The training sessions was attended by Ms. Pari Bishnoi (IAS), ADC-cum-Returning Officer,
Mr.Khemraj Bhattarai ARO-cum-ADC(HQ), Mr. Santosh K. Allay, Nodal Officer, Postal Ballot-cum-DPO Zilla, Ms. KSC Tongden Lepcha DLMT-cum-SE Power, Mr Bishwa B Raj Gurung JD(SMLGDC/ADM)-cum-Nodal officer Manpower Management,Mr. Rajesh Thapa ALMT-cum-Deputy Director of Education and officials from the Election Department.
The ADC Mr Bhattarai provided a briefing on the guidelines issued by the Election Commission of India, emphasizing the importance of accuracy and impartiality in the counting process to ensure error free election process.
In his address to the counting officials stressed on the general instruction for the counting day and detailed about the locations of the counting centres,security measures and traffic management.
He insisted all to be present at sharp 5am to the counting centre and also informed officials engaged for Postal Ballots to be extra careful in doing with the work assigned.
He further stressed that any negligence from the part of Counting Officials would result in disciplinary action by the commission.
Additionally,he informed that the entry to the counting centre is restricted to the Identity Card holders only by depositing Mobile phones at the Mobile Depositing Centre(counter) that will be set up at the vicinity of counting centre.
Furthermore, the trainees were informed that the randomisation for duty allocation for the counting process will be made known to all by
June1.
Mr. Santosh K. Allay served as the Resource Person for the training sessions and through a Power Point presentation, detailed the duties and assigned roles of the respective staff at the counting tables. He covered the inspection and unsealing of Control Units (CUs) and special cases related to CUs. He also explained the procedures for handling VVPAT slips and the VVPAT Counting Booth, stressing the importance of vote secrecy and neutrality by counting officials on counting day.
Mr Allay reviewed topics discussed in previous sessions such as counting officials, inspection/unsealing of Electronic Voting Machines (EVMs), new regulations on counting of votes, Form 13A, Form 13B, Form 13C, Form 17C, rejection criteria of the postal ballot, procedure to count votes recorded in Electronic Voting Machines (EVMs) and postal ballot paper.
The day witnessed 142 trainees on the morning and afternoon training sessions.

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