Gangtok, April 29: (IPR) A meeting was held at the Conference Hall of DAC Sichey today with the contesting candidates and election agents regarding preparation for counting day. It was chaired by DEO/East Shri Kapil Meena, and attended by SP East Shri Hem Raj Rai, ADC East Shri Bharani Kumar, SP Traffic Shri Tshering Gyatso and the contesting candidates/election agents of Parliamentary Constituency and all Assembly Constituencies of East District.
The contesting candidates/elections agents were briefed in detail about the various arrangements that have been made in connection with the counting of votes which is scheduled to be held on 23rd May, 2019 from 8 AM.
All the candidates were informed about the provisions regarding filling and timely submission of Form 18 for appointment of Counting Agents. They were also intimated about the provisions for appointment of counting agents, their training and the number of such agents that could be appointed.
The DEO/East also explained in detail about the counting plan for Assembly Constituencies/Parliamentary Constituency, along with the plan made for the movement of EVMs and VVPATs from strong room to the Counting Halls. Further, he also elucidated the plans on counting of postal ballots and ETBPS, and the new guidelines issued by the Election Commission of India regarding counting of VVPATs.
Moreover, he described the details of access control, restrictions on use of mobile phones and security arrangements made at the place of counting. It was also intimated to all the candidates and their agents that the strong room would be opened on 23rd May at 07:30 am in the presence of all candidates and their agents.
SP East also briefed everyone about the traffic and transportation arrangements made for the counting day. He appealed to everyone for maintenance of law and order on the counting day and said that they were ready to ensure that the counting of votes is carried out in a peaceful manner and without any disturbance to law and order