GANGTOK, 09 Apr: There are 30,480 voters who came of voting age only this year while there are 07 voters who are more than 100 years old in the State. This was informed by Chief Electoral Officer of Sikkim, R Telang, in a press conference held today.
Mr Telang informed that there were a total of 4,32,306 voters as on date with 2,20,305 male voters and 2,12,001 female voters in Sikkim. There are 415 voters of above 90 years.
The oldest voter, all of 105-years-old isSumitraRai from Poklok-Kamrang constituency.
There are 2042 PWD voters in Sikkim and school students have been appointed to assist them on polling day. He mentioned that various facilities for PWD voters like wheel chairs at Polling Stations, ramps wherever possible and free transport facilities to help the PWD voters commute have been placed.
There are 161 candidates in this election in Sikkim, 150 in Assembly election and 11 in the Parliamentary election. There are 11 counting halls in four locations in the State to ensure smooth and speedy counting process. 1185 Ballot Units, 1185 VVPATs and 1185 Control Units will be put to use during the polling day.
The CEO informed that there are a total of 567 polling stations in the State and 120 have been identified as critical polling stations.All required arrangements have been made for the critical polling stations like deployment of central armed police force, micro observers have been appointed and webcasting has been arranged for these polling stations, he added.
A cop drops his postal ballot into the letterbox kept at the Head Post Office in Gangtok exclusively to collect postal ballots. He will be on duty on 11 April, at work to ensure that the rest of the electorate can experience a free and fair elections.
The polling station with the lowest voter count is Pakjer Primary School under PoklokKamrang constituency with 175 voters [81 male and 94 female] and polling station with the highest voter count is Arithang Junior High School Room No 1 under Arithang constituency with 1405 voters [757 male and 648 female].
Kupup Primary School under Gnathang-Machong constituency situated at an altitude of 13,400 ft is the highest altitude polling station in the state with 288 voters [152 male and 136 female].
There are a total of 39 all women polling stations in the State, which has been completely managed and manned by women polling teams and police force. Likewise, there are 28 Model polling stations have been set up in the State.
The CEO informed that there are 3600 polling personnel including reserve and 7 General Observers, 1 Police Observer, 8 Expenditure Observers and 2 Accessibility Observers for this election in the State.
Mr Telang informed that more than 42000 mock votes have been cast during SVEEP awareness campaigns throughout the state covering 10% of the total voters of the state. Allocation of all constituency voting machines, polling stations, polling parties and police teams have been randomised according to ECI Guidelines so as to rule out any fallacies. He informed that one voter guide is also being handed over to each family and voter slips have also been distributed to individual voters.
Inspector General of Police [Law & Order], Gyanendra Kumar Verma informed that the police strength deployed for the elections all over the state is 4000 including the para-military forces. He mentioned that the forces are being utilised to the optimum, right from guarding of the Strong Rooms, manning critical polling stations and all women polling stations, conducting area domination drives amongst others.
He informed that all firearms have been deposited with the police forces. He informed that 49 Sector Police Officers have been deputed along with 49 Sub Sector Police Officers. He added that the area domination is still continuing and more flag marches will be carried out before poll. He stated that preventive detentions have been made.