EVM and VVPAT awareness and sensitization for political parties, media and NGOs in West Sikkim

Gyalshing, 10 Jan (IPR): An EVM and VVPAT awareness and sensitization for representatives of 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 on 10 Jan 2019.

Present in the program were DC-cum-RO, Dr AB Karki; ADC (West), Karma Lodey Lepcha; SDM Tushar Nikhare; Officials from the Gyalshing Municipal Council; Principal and staff along with students from ITI.

Also attending the program were representatives from Sikkim Democratic Front (SDF) and Sikkim Krantikari Morcha (SKM).

Returning Office Dr Karki 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 informed that the awareness program was conducted to showcase and sensitize the political parties and media along with students on how the EVMs and the VVPAT work. He stated that the West District administration is working towards conduction of fair and unbiased elections for which the participation and cooperation is sought from political parties and media.

The meeting 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 voter issues and update accordingly in time.

He also mentioned that the SDMs and BDOs will continue to display and sensitize the EVMs and VVPATs in their respective jurisdictions for the public to become familiar with the voting apparatus.

He then called on all political parties for 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 18 Jan, 2019 which would be available for political parties and the general public to avail and cross check their respective names.