West Sikkim conducts EVM and VVPAT Awareness and Sensitization for the Political Parties, Media and NGOs

Gyalshing, 10th January, 2019 (IPR): A Program on EVM and VVPAT Awareness and Sensitization for the Political Parties, Media and NGOs under the Systematic Voter’s Education and Electoral Participation (SVEEP) by the District SVEEP Nodal Officer was held at the New Warehouse, Kyongsa, West Sikkim. Present in the program were the DC-cum-RO Dr. A. B. Karki; Shri. Karma Lodey Lepcha, ADC (West); Shri. Tushar Nikhare, SDM; Officials from the Gyalshing Municipal Council; Principal and staffs along with Students from ITI. Also present during the program were the representatives from political parties of Sikkim namely the Sikkim Democratic Front (SDF) and Sikkim Krantikari Morcha (SKM).
Dr. A. B. Karki, Returning Office, West mentioned that the program was conducted under the guidelines of the Election Commission of India and under the orders of the Chief Election Officer (CEO), Sikkim. He mentioned the awareness program was conducted to showcase and sensitize the political parties and media along with students on how the EVM and the VVPAT work. He stated that the West District Administration is working towards conduction of a fair and unbiased elections for which the participation and cooperation is sought from the Political Parties and Media. The meetings also decided and finalized on the place of conducting Public meetings and banners in West Sikkim unanimously. He also asked the political parties to be in touch with their respective Booth Level Agents and the BLOs in order to avoid any missing voters issues and to update accordingly in due time. He also mentioned that the SDMs and BDOs will continue to display and sensitize the EVMs and VVPATs in their respective areas of Jurisdictions for the public to be familiar with the Voting apparatus. He then urged all political parties for their kind cooperation in the election process and enjoy the festival of democracy peacefully.
He further announced that the 1st Draft Publication of Electoral Roll would be available from the 18th January, 2019 which would be available for the political parties and general public to avail and cross check their respective names.

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