Sikkim to go to polls on 11 Apr, results on 23 May

Gangtok, 10 Mar:

Sikkim will be holding simultaneous Assembly and Parliamentary elections in the first phase of general election 2019 on 11 April.

In exactly a month’s time, the fate of the 32 assembly seats and the lone parliamentary seat will be decided by the electorate.

With the announcement of dates by the Election Commission of India, the model code of conduct has also come into effect.

ECI declared the dates late Sunday evening, announcing a seven phase Lok Sabha elections and Assembly elections in three states staring 11 April through till 19 May followed by counting of all votes on 23 May.

The gazette notification for the elections will be issued on 18 March and the last date for filing of nominations has been fixed for 25 March with scrutiny of nominations scheduled for 26 March.

The last date of withdrawal of nomination papers is 28 March with polling on 11 April.

Addressing a press conference here this evening, Chief Electoral Officer of Sikkim, R Telang, informed that with the declaration by the ECI, the model code of conduct has come into force.

He added that the Chief Electoral Office has made all preparations to implement the MCC in the State. He informed that 24X7 control rooms in all districts shall now be operational and various teams have been constituted.

Expenditure monitoring teams, static surveillance teams and flying squads have been put in place as well.

He informed that there were three flying squads for every constituency so there will be around 90 flying squads across the State to monitor any violation of ECI guidelines for the polls.

Mr Telang informed that video surveillance teams will record meetings of political parties and added that there will be district and state level MCMC teams.

He mentioned that all instruments have already been put into place.

It is informed that there were total 567 polling booths, including 51 booth for Sangha, for the 4,23,167 voters in the State.

Announcing the seven-phase Lok Sabha elections, the Election Commission also announced the provision for printing candidate photographs to help avoid any confusion which may arise when candidates with similar names contest from the same constituency.

The photograph will be printed on the Electronic Voting Machine (EVM) ballot units as well as on postal ballot papers, the EC said.

For this purpose, the candidates are required to submit to the returning officer, their recent stamp size photograph as per the specifications laid down by the Commission.