Second round of training for Gangtok district counting officials

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

Last Update: Tuesday, May 21, 2024 02:08 [IST]

Second round of training for Gangtok district counting officials

GANGTOK,(IPR): The first day of second round of training for Counting Supervisors, Counting Assistant and Micro-Observers of Gangtok district for General Elections 2024 concludes here at conference hall of DAC Gangtok today.

The training sessions had the presence of Sonam Wongyal Lepcha, District Planning Officer Gangtok-cum- Nodal Officer for Training Management Team, Jigme Wangchuk Bhutia State Level Master Trainer and Sunny Kharel State Level Master Trainer.

Sonam Wongyal Lepcha, in his welcome address, gave detailed information on the training and its content. He briefed about regulations for the counting officials and norms prescribed by the Election Commission of India (ECI). He also intimated the timing to the counting officials and vehicles arrangement for the officials on the day of counting.

Jigme Wangchuk Bhutia in his Powerpoint presentation apprised everyone about the duties of staff on counting table. He touched the subject of inspection/unsealing of Control Units (CUs) and special cases related to CUs.

On the subject of VVPAT slips, he described the procedure of VVPAT slips, cases related to VVPAT slips and the VVPAT Counting Booth. His presentation included documentation part of counting day such as filling up of Form 17C- Part 2, Annexure-A concerning VVPAT slips and noting of total number of votes was which elucidated to the trainees through live demonstration.  The subject concerning the role of Micro Observers and Additional Micro Observers was also illustrated to the trainees in a comprehensive manner.

Sunny Kharel in his training discourse directed the officials to plan ahead before arriving at counting hall  due to factors such as traffic congestion, frisking and breakfast. Keeping the tight schedule in mind, he directed the officials to be punctual on the counting day and to follow regulations provided by Election Commission of India (ECI).

Through a power point presentation, he stressed on the importance of secrecy of votes and maintenance of neutrality by counting officials on counting day. The layout of EVM, Postal Ballot and ETBP counting table was presented to the trainees. The procedure of scrutiny of postal ballots, rejection criteria of postal ballot and tabulation format for Postal Ballot counting was also expounded at great length with practical demonstration.

It is to be noted that Kharel conducted an interactive session wherein he cleared doubts presented by the officials.

A hands-on training session for counting officials took place after the conclusion of training sessions.

The day saw 116 counting officials attend two training sessions.


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