Election teams on ground to enforce model code of conduct

DC (east) Kapil Meena and SP (east) Hem Raj Rai speaking to media. SE Pic
Tue, Mar 12, 2019

Staff Reporter
GANGTOK: Sector magistrates, flying squads and sector police officers have been activated and deputed to their respective areas in East Sikkim as the model election code of conduct came into enforcement from Sunday evening.
The Election Commission of India had Sunday evening declared the General Election dates along with the dates for Sikkim Assembly Election. The polling date for Sikkim is on April 11.
Speaking to media on Monday, East District Election Officer Kapil Meena said two sector magistrates for each of the 12 Assembly constituencies in East Sikkim are already in the field from today itself. The sector magistrates are tasked to enforce the model code of conduct during the election campaigning period, he said.
The sector magistrates would be accompanied by the sector police officer (one for each constituency).
Similarly, a maximum of three flying squads have been deputed for each constituency who are empowered to seize, register cases and take other actions in cases of violation of model code of conduct. They will take cognizance of the complaints made and also take suo moto action.
Expenditure monitoring teams, video surveillance teams and accounting teams have also been activated for enforcement and monitoring of model code of conduct provisions.
Meena shared that there are 214 polling stations including 12 Sangha polling stations in East Sikkim.
Till January 31, there are 1,86,076 voters registered for East Sikkim and the final figure is awaited.
The Election Officer mentioned that the Election authorities would be monitoring and regulating election-related matters in social media also. The provisions would be coming from the ECI regarding monitoring of social media, he said adding certification copy from Election Media Monitoring Committee is required for advertisements in social media also.
The ceiling for election campaigning expenditure for each Assembly candidate is Rs. 20 lakh while the same is Rs. 54 lakh for the Lok Sabha candidate.
SP (east) Hem Raj Rai informed that three companies of Central Paramilitary Forces would be deployed in East Sikkim for election duty. They are expected to come by March 15 and would be deployed in different locations of the east district, he said.
We have deputed one sector police officer and two sub-sector police officers for each constituency and they would be working in close coordination with the sector magistrates, said Rai.
Sensitive, critical or vulnerable booths in East Sikkim have been identified based on the record of the last elections and the current situation.

Date of issue of notification/filing of nomination: March 18
Last date for filing nomination: March 25
Scrutiny of nominations: March 26
Last date for withdrawal of candidature: March 28
Date of poll: April 11 (Thursday)
Counting of votes: May 23 (Thursday)

Area: 7096 Sq Km
Altitude: 5,840 ft
Population: 6.10 Lakhs
Topography: Hilly terrain elevation from 600 ft. to over 28,509 ft above sea level
Summer: Max- 21°C ; Min – 13°C
Winter: Max -13°C ; Min – 0.48°C
Rainfall: 325 cm per annum
Language Spoken: Nepali, Bhutia, Lepcha, Tibetan, English, Hindi