Gyalshing DEO meets candidates, election agents ahead of poll counting

Tuesday, May 21, 2024 07:45 [IST]

Last Update: Tuesday, May 21, 2024 02:09 [IST]

Gyalshing DEO meets candidates, election agents ahead of poll counting

GYALSHING, (IPR): Gyalshing District Election Officer-cum-District Collector M. Bharani Kumaar, accompanied by ADC-cum-Returning Officer Pari Bishnoi, ADC-cum-ARO Khemraj Bhattarai, Gyalshing SDPO Kesang Bhutia and officials of Election Cell, convened a meeting with the contesting candidates, election agents and representatives of various political parties at the conference hall of DAC, Rabdentse today with regard to the counting process of Assembly and Parliamentary Elections 2024. 

The meeting intended to familiarise the candidates and election agents on the standard procedure of counting prescribed by the Election Commission of India.

The Gyalshing DC presented a detailed overview of the counting procedure for the upcoming counting day and updated on the preparedness.

He expressed his gratitude to all for their coordination during the poll. He then explained the schedule for the counting day, stating that the strong room would be opened at 5 am and requested all to be present at the counting centre by 5 am. He informed that after the submission of Form 18 by respective candidates, ID cards will be issued to counting agents for access to the counting hall.

The sequence and procedures of the counting team were discussed, including the handling of EVMs, VVPATs, and the scanning process of the Electronically Transmitted Postal Ballot System (ETPBS). He said that regular announcements would be made through the PA system on the counting day.

The SDPO expressed gratitude to the political representatives for their cooperation on the smooth conduct of the poll in the district and sought similar cooperation for the counting process. He explained the mandatory three tier security system and the level of checking while requesting all to leave their mobile phones, tablets, laptops or any electronic gadgets at the counter. He also discouraged the use of smart watches and asked all to be inside the premises at the designated time. He discussed vehicle parking arrangements and other security measures as well and appealed for smooth and peaceful conduct during and after the counting process.

Present at the meeting were representatives from Sikkim Krantikari Morcha (SKM), Sikkim Democratic Front (SDF), Citizen Action Party (CAP), Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), Indian National Congress and independent candidates.

Following the meeting, the attendees visited all five designated counting halls situated at the Government Girls Senior Secondary School, Kyongsa in the presence of DEO, RO, AROs and police officials.

Sikkim at a Glance

  • Area: 7096 Sq Kms
  • Capital: Gangtok
  • Altitude: 5,840 ft
  • Population: 6.10 Lakhs
  • Topography: Hilly terrain elevation from 600 to over 28,509 ft above sea level
  • Climate:
  • Summer: Min- 13°C - Max 21°C
  • Winter: Min- 0.48°C - Max 13°C
  • Rainfall: 325 cms per annum
  • Language Spoken: Nepali, Bhutia, Lepcha, Tibetan, English, Hindi