Gangtok Elections

1. Training for General Elections 2024 officials in Gangtok successfully concluded at DAC Conference Hall.
2. 116 counting officials participated, ensuring meticulous planning for smooth counting processes.
3. Detailed sessions aimed at ensuring efficient counting marked the successful conclusion of the training.

Gangtok, May 21: The first day of the second round of training for Counting Supervisors, Counting Assistants, and Micro-Observers for the General Elections 2024 concluded successfully at the Conference Hall of DAC Gangtok.

Attended by 116 counting officials, the training sessions were meticulously designed to ensure seamless and effective counting processes.

Mr. Sonam Wongyal Lepcha, District Planning Officer Gangtok and Nodal Officer for the Training Management Team, led the training alongside State Level Master Trainers Mr. Jigme Wangchuk Bhutia and Mr. Sunny Kharel. Mr. Lepcha commenced the session with a comprehensive overview of the training curriculum, regulations for counting officials, and guidelines stipulated by the Election Commission of India (ECI).

Additionally, he briefed attendees on logistical arrangements for the counting day, including scheduling and transportation.

Mr. Jigme Wangchuk Bhutia delivered an insightful PowerPoint presentation, elucidating the roles and responsibilities of staff stationed at the counting tables.

He detailed the procedures for inspecting and unsealing Control Units (CUs), addressing special cases related to CUs, and handling VVPAT slips.

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Through live demonstrations, Mr. Bhutia facilitated a clear understanding of Form 17C- Part 2 and Annexure-A documentation procedures concerning VVPAT slips.

Furthermore, he thoroughly explained the roles of Micro Observers and Additional Micro Observers.

Mr. Sunny Kharel focused on practical aspects, advising officials to strategize for potential challenges such as traffic congestion and security checks to maintain punctuality.

His presentation underscored the significance of maintaining vote secrecy and impartiality, delineated the layout of counting tables for EVM, Postal Ballot, and ETBP, and delineated the scrutiny and tabulation processes for postal ballots.

An interactive session conducted by Mr. Kharel provided a platform for addressing queries from the officials.

The theoretical sessions were complemented by hands-on training exercises, allowing counting officials to gain practical experience and confidence.

This immersive approach ensured that participants were thoroughly equipped for the impending counting day.

The day concluded with a heightened sense of preparedness and clarity among the counting officials, establishing a strong foundation for the efficient execution of the General Elections 2024 counting process in Gangtok district.