Election officials conduct coordination meeting with contesting candidates

Gangtok, 04 Oct (IPR): A coordination meeting with all the contesting candidates and their election agents was held in the office of Returning Officer, East, today.

The meeting was chaired by Returning Officer, Raj Yadav and was also attended by the General Observer for Martam-Rumtek, Susil Kumar Yadav, and General Observer for Gangtok, Madhurima Baruah (Sen) and Expenditure Observer, Naresh Kumar Bansal, SP (East), Election officials and Election agents.

The main objective of the meeting was to provide information regarding the upcoming by-election and its processes to all the political parties in their respective constituencies.

The Returning Officer detailed provisions of the Model Code of Conduct and the cVIGIL mobile Application.

Expenditure Observer, Naresh Kumar Bansal, informed political parties about election expenditure and its monitoring. Account Expenditure Inspection is scheduled for 09 Oct, 14 Oct and 19 Oct for both constituencies at the DAC, he informed.

Hoisting of flags on vehicles and private property, modification of vehicles for election campaign and rate chart of various items of election expenditure were also discussed.

Thereafter, the Expenditure and General Observers convened a meeting with the Nodal Officers, Accounting Team, Video Viewing Team (VVT), Video Surveillance Team (VST), Flying Squad Team (FST), Media Certification and Monitoring Committee (MCMC) and the officials of Control Room here at the conference hall of District Administrative Center.

The Expenditure Observer directed the extended election teams to closely monitor unusual or suspicious activities especially with regard to Model Code of Conduct. He also exhorted them to coordinate with their counterparts and facilitate the smooth conduct of elections.

The Returning Officer briefed official from the Excise Department on the use and misuse of liquor during elections, various possible MCC violations and the need to monitor expenditure.

He further instructed the FST and VST to remain more vigilant and urged officials to discharge their duties effectively to ensure successful, free and fair election.