Gangtok, 11 Mar [IPR]: With the announcement of the schedule for 2019 General Election to Lok Sabha and Legislative Assemblies in the state by the ECI on 10 March, the District Collector-cum-DEO (East), Kapil Meena, called a press briefing about the implementation of the Model Code of Conduct which came into force on Sunday evening.
The District Collector informed that there are a total of 12 Assembly constituencies in the East District with 214 polling stations.
He said that from today onwards, the District Control Room will be functional 24/7 and that all the field teams have also been deputed for enforcement of Model Code of Conduct.
The field teams comprise of two Sector Officers for each Constituency, totaling to 24 Sector Officers holding Magisterial powers in the East District.
These Sector Officers are deputed to ensure that the MCC is enforced properly and under these Sector Officers there are 30 Flying Squad teams to be deputed in the field for implementation of MCC and dealing with any violation.
The Superintendent of Police, East District, Hemraj Rai, in turn informed that Sector Police Officers and Sub-Sector Police Officers will also be deputed for vigilance and monitoring.
Apart from these teams, Expenditure Monitoring teams, Video Surveillance Team, Video Viewing Team, Accounting team are also in place for strict adherence to the Code of Conduct and for monitoring election expenditure.
As for the law & order requirements, the SP East informed that apart from the state police force, 10 additional companies of paramilitary forces are being sent to the state.
It was informed that sensitive polling stations will be given extra security. He further stated that at present, 77 polling station locations have been identified as sensitive, critical and vulnerable areas, and this number could change through the course of campaigning.
The District Collector, who is also the Returning Officer/ East District also informed that this year, Biraspati Parsai Senior Secondary School, Ranipool would be the venue of the Strong Room and poll day works for East district.
Later in the afternoon, the DC briefed representatives of different political parties about various issues related to the General Election like security arrangements, hoardings, pamphlet distributions, venues for holding election campaign meetings etc.
He also informed that no public meetings with regard to elections will be allowed at Paljor Stadium this year.
The DC also said that there should be no election-related event held without the permission of the DC Office including permission of campaigning vehicles and public meeting venue permissions.
He stated that pre-certification of social media related to political advertisements is necessary from the Media Certification and Monitoring Committee (MCMC).