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DC Namchi cum District Election Officer(DEO) Namchi conducted a meeting with the officers of Excise Department at District Administrative Centre

Namchi, 1st March(IPR): Ms Annapurna Alley,DC Namchi cum District Election Officer(DEO)Namchi conducted a meeting with the officers of Excise Department at District Administrative Centre, today.
The meeting was attended by Dr TN Gyatso Sr. SP, ADC (HQ), SDM (HQ), SDM Namthang, Joint Commissioner and Deputy Commissioner, Excise Department along with their team.
During the meeting, the DEO held extensive discussions on the procedure of seizure of alcohol and crack down on illicit liquor dens.
In view of the upcoming election, she directed the officers to be vigilant and provide weekly reports to the DEO. In addition, she advised the officers to provide the relevant notifications pertaining to the seizure of liquor and allied substances from the department for dissemination of the information.

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Officers of Namchi district receives training in preparation for the General Election 2024

Namchi, Feb 29 (IPR): The first round of a day-long training for Assistant Expenditure Observer (AEO), Flying Squads Team (FST), Static Surveillance Team (SST), Video Surveillance Team (VST), Video Viewing Team (VVT) and Accounting Team under Namchi District for General Election 2024 was conducted at the conference hall of DAC, Namchi, today.
The training was conducted in the presence of Ms Annapurna Alley, District Collector cum District Election Officer, Namchi District.
Ms Annapurna Alley during her address offered her valuable insights into election conduct, highlighting the paramount importance of ensuring free, fair, and transparent election. She encouraged trainees to attain proficiency and exercise diligence in adhering to electoral procedures, stressing the aim of preventing any complaints. The essential requisites for officials were outlined and assured for the seamless execution of the electoral process.
She urged officials to connect with Nodal Officers for any queries or issues that may arise during the course of their responsibilities.
Mr Sunil Sharma, Nodal Officer for Expenditure Monitoring, delved into pivotal aspects of election protocols. The trainees received detailed briefings on the responsibilities and tasks assigned to Assistant Expenditure Observers, Flying Squad Team, Static Surveillance Team, Video Surveillance Team, Video Viewing Team and Accounting Team.
Mr Sharma, particularly emphasised strict adherence to Election Commission of India guidelines regarding candidate expenditure limits for both Assembly and Parliamentary Constituencies.
He also elaborated on the critical areas such as strengthening security measures at polling stations, educating voters through awareness campaigns, leveraging technology for transparent voting processes, ensuring equitable access to voting facilities, and enhancing monitoring of election expenditures.
Furthermore, he outlined strategies to document and oversee any irregularities, discrepancies, or issues observed during the voting process, aiming to uphold democratic principles and ensure a seamless, equitable, and transparent electoral process.
Mr. Rajeev Rai, DIO (NIC), Nodal Officer for Cybersecurity and IT shared insights into the (Citizens’ Vigilance Initiative on Election) C-VIGIL application, a mobile platform introduced by the Election Commission of India.
C-VIGIL empowers citizens to promptly report Model Code of Conduct (MCC) violations during elections with time-stamped proof, allowing the users to submit photos or videos showcasing suspicious or unlawful activities related to electoral malpractices, such as voter bribery, intimidation, or distribution of illicit goods.
C-VIGIL aims to enhance transparency and accountability in elections by encouraging active citizen participation.
Additionally, he highlighted the Election Seizure Management System (ESMS) set for the 2024 general election. The ESMS plays a crucial role in efficiently handling and monitoring seized items, emphasising transparency and preventing potential misuse.
ESMS offers real-time updates on field seizures, facilitates coordination among enforcement agencies, features a centralised database for recording seizures, real-time reporting for swift intervention, inventory management tools, chain of custody tracking, integration with law enforcement for collaboration, and analytical tools to identify potential electoral malpractices.
Mr. Gopal K Chettri, SDM (HQ) Namchi, provided a detailed overview of the procedures for upholding law and order in accordance with the Model Code of Conduct (MCC).
He delved into the various provisions embedded within the MCC, shedding light on its enforcement period, legal standing, and the permissions required for conducting meetings, processions, rallies, and the use of microphones (miking), among other activities.
Notably, he specified time constraints for the use of microphones, allowing it only between 6 am and 10 pm.
Mr. Chettri elaborated the necessity of adhering to guidelines throughout the electoral process. He extensively covered MCC violations, providing in-depth insights into the penal aspects and legal repercussions outlined by the Election Commission of India for individuals found in breach of the code, thereby emphasising critical importance of maintaining a stringent adherence to electoral regulations for a fair and lawful electoral process.

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The Chief Electoral Officer visits Namchi district to review the preparations of upcoming elections,2024

Namchi, 24 February(IPR): Mr D Anandan(IAS), Chief Electoral Officer, CEO Sikkim evaluated the overall assessment in regards to the preparedness of the upcoming General Election,2024 in Namchi district,today.

The CEO was accompanied by Ms Annapurna Alley DC cum DEO Namchi, Dr. T N Gyatsho, Sr SP Namchi, Mr Gopal Kumar Chettri, SDM(HQ), Mr Saran Kalikotey SDM Namchi, Ms Rajani Sharma SDM Namthang, Mr Karma Choda Bhutia Deputy Director LR&DM along with Officers of District Administrative Centre, Namchi.

The CEO inspected the designated strong rooms of Electronic Voting Machines(EVMs) located at Namchi Government College, where he examined on the safety and security measures, manpower and other necessary arrangements and facilities which are required as per the guidelines of Election Commission of India(ECI) for conducting upcoming elections. He also suggested comprehensive measures that are crucial and mandatory for directing free and fair elections.

Later, the CEO also visited the Namchi Municipal Council to overlook the status and collection of form 12 for postal ballots .

 

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The First Level Checking (FLC) of Electronic Voting Machines (EVMs) – Control Units(CUs) for the upcoming General Elections conducted at the conference hall of the District Administrative Centre

Namchi, February 23(IPR): The First Level Checking (FLC) of Electronic Voting Machines (EVMs) – Control Units(CUs) for the upcoming General Elections was conducted at the conference hall of the District Administrative Centre, Namchi, today.

Present during the FLC were, Mr Subash Ghimiray ADC Namchi, Ms Bhumika Chettri Deputy Secretary Election, Mr Karma Choda Bhutia Deputy Director LR&DM along with the representatives of the recognised political parties.

The FLC was done to a total of 26 Control Units (CUs) that were received from the Office of the Chief Electoral Officer, Gangtok

During the checking, the CUs were thoroughly examined by the team of engineers from Electronic Corporation of India Limited (ECIL), Hyderabad.

Later, the ‘FLC OK’ CUs were stored in the FLC-OK strong room. The ‘FLC OK’ strong room was closed and sealed in the presence of Ms Annapurna Alley DC cum District Election Officer Namchi, Ms Bhumika Chettri Deputy Secretary Election, Mr Karma Choda Bhutia Deputy Director LR&DM along with the representatives of different political parties.

The strong room is being monitored by 24/7 CCTV surveillance and guarded by the Indian Reserve Battalion personnel.

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DC Namchi chairs preparatory meeting for General Election 2024

Namchi, Feb 16(IPR): A preparatory meeting was convened at DAC Namchi to address crucial aspects for the upcoming General Election 2024.

The meeting was chaired by Ms Annapurna Alley DC Namchi. Present during the meeting were ADC Namchi, SDMs, BDOs, ERO, AERO, RO, ARO and other officials from the concerned departments.

The meeting delved into various agendas, covering essential topics such as Form Processing, EPIC delivery monitoring, ASD voters in comparison to depletion, distribution of Form 12D for home voting, interactions with BLO, daily reporting of EDCs, and discussions on DSE/PSE.

During the meeting discussion were made about the various apps employed for election conduct, including ENCORE, EMS, SUVIDHA voters app, and CVIGIL.

DC Namchi highlighted the importance of utilising the apps for election purposes and urged the attendees to stay informed through various ECI channels.

Permissions for election procedures were highlighted, noting that only the DEO can grant such permissions in the district.

The mandatory attendance of all election-related trainings was stressed.

Furthermore, DC Namchi also addressed matters concerning the home voting team and other pertinent issues raised during the session.

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Second Round Training for Presiding and Polling Officers concludes at Namchi district.

Namchi, Feb 15 (IPR): The second round of training for Presiding and Polling Officers in preparation for the General Election 2024, concluded successfully on its fourth and final day. The training took place in two separate venues, namely DAC Conference Hall, Namchi and NSSS Auditorium Hall, simultaneously.

The training sessions was facilitated by Ms Merina Rai, Joint Secretary Election Cell, Pakyong, Dr CP Khatiwada, Assistant Professor NGC and ALMT’s.

A total of 92 officers attended the training, among them 47 were polling and the other 45 were presiding officers

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Second round of training for Polling and Presiding Officers commences in Namchi

Namchi, Feb 12 (IPR): The second round of training for Presiding and Polling Officers in preparation for General Election 2024 commenced at District Administrative Centre, Namchi, today.

Two separate batches were trained simultaneously in two venues – DAC conference hall and at the Auditorium of Namchi Senior Secondary School.

The day-long training sessions was facilitated by Ms Merina Rai Joint Secretary Election Cell, Pakyong and Dr CP Khatiwada Assistant Professor NGC, State Level Master Trainer.

A total of 96 officers attended the training, among them 48 were polling and the other 48 were presiding officers.

The Second round of training that commenced today will end on 14th February, 2024.

Notable attendees on the first day included Mr Anant Jain ADC Namchi, Mr Sunil Mothey ADC(dev), SDM (HQ) Mr Gopal K Chettri and ALMT’s.

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Training of ROs, AROs and Nodal Officers of Namchi, Soreng and Gyalshing Districts at SIRD&PR, Karfectar

Namchi, Feb 08 (IPR): Second day of the Final Round Training of ROs, AROs and Nodal Officers of Namchi, Soreng and Gyalshing district was held at the conference hall of State Institute of Rural Development & Panchayati Raj (SIRD&PR) Karfectar, Jorethang.

Mr Kiran Thatal, SDM Chungthang, and Mr Dilip Sharma, State Level Master Trainer were the resource persons for the day. The day had a total of four sessions on various issues and objectives related with the electoral process.

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The final round of training for RO, AERO, Nodal Officers, and ALMTs of Namchi, Soreng, and Gyalshing district commenced at Karfectar

Namchi, Feb 7 (IPR): The final round of training for RO, AERO, Nodal Officers, and ALMTs of Namchi, Soreng, and Gyalshing district commenced at Karfectar, today.

The training was led by distinguished resource personnel, Mr Dhiraj Subedi ADC Soreng, Ms Bhumika Chettri Deputy Secretary Election Cell, Namchi and Mr Dilip Sharma DPO Zilla Soreng.

Mr Dhiraj Subedi provided crucial insights into the qualifications and disqualification criteria that ROs and AEROs should be well-versed in, emphasising relevant sections under the RP Act 1951. His detailed session included an in-depth explanation of the Nomination Process for candidates.

Ms Bhumika Chettri shared invaluable knowledge on the Dos and Don’ts of Scrutiny of Nomination, Withdrawal of Candidates, and the intricate process of Allotment of Symbols.

Mr Dilip Sharma enlightened participants on the pivotal roles of ROs and AEROs during Poll Day, shedding light on the latest updates in rules by the Election Commission of India (ECI).

Notably, Mr M. Bharani Kumar, DC Gaylsing, actively participated in the entire training session.

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District Administration Centre, Namchi organised a “Pedal for Polls” cycle rally

Namchi, Feb 04 (IPR): District Administration Centre, Namchi organised a “Pedal for Polls” cycle rally today, starting from Central Park Namchi to helipad and concluding back at Central Park.A total of 27 cyclists actively participated in the rally.

The officials seized the occasion to emphasise the importance of voting, providing insights on EVM and VVPAT to the participants. The event also spotlighted awareness on the voting process.

Additionally, certificates were distributed to acknowledge the participants’ involvement.

Present during the rally were Ms Annapurna Alley DC Namchi, Mr Anant Jain ADC Namchi, Mr Pulkit Asst Collector Namchi, Mr Saran Kalikotay SDM Namchi, Mr Gopal K Chettri SDM Namchi(HQ) and others.

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Final batch of Presiding and Polling Officers I of Namchi District undergo training for General Election 2024

Namchi, Feb 2 (IPR): The first round of training session for the final batch of Presiding and Polling Officers I for the upcoming General Elections 2024 commenced at DAC Namchi, today.

The training was facilitated by State Level Master Trainers Mr Sunny Kharel SDM Soreng and Ms Bhumika Chettri Deputy Secretary Election Cell Namchi along with ALTs, aiming to further enhance the knowledge of the participating officers, followed by hands-on training on Electronic Voter Machines(EVMs) and Voter Verifiable Paper Audit Trail (VVPAT).

A total of 39 officers underwent the training today, among them 21 were presiding and 18 were polling officers.

The training had the presence of Ms Annapurna Alley DC Namchi cum DEO, Mr Anant Jain ADC Namchi, Mr Pulkit Asst. Collector, Mr Sunil kr. Mothey ADC (Dev) Ravangla, Mr Gopal K. Chettri SDM (HQ), alongside other officials from various line departments.

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DC Namchi chaired Election Preparedness Meeting at the DAC Namchi

Namchi, January 27 (IPR): To ensure a smooth and well-organised General Election 2024, Ms Annapurna Alley DC Namchi chaired Election Preparedness Meeting at the DAC Namchi, today.

Present during the meeting were Mr Anant Jain ADC Namchi, Mr. Pulkit Asst. Collector, Nodal Officers, and officials from the concerned departments.

The meeting focused on tracking the ongoing progress and responsibilities assigned to Nodal Officers for the upcoming General Election in 2024.

Furthermore, the session covered crucial subjects including the management of election logistics, efficient manpower allocation, identification of bannering and postering venues in public spaces, strategic planning of transportation vehicles, emphasising the need for a well-coordinated effort to facilitate the electoral process seamlessly and several other vital aspects to ensure preparedness for the general election.

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Walkathon cum voting awareness campaign flagged off on the occasion of the 75th Republic Day

Namchi, January 26 (IPR): On the occasion of the 75th Republic Day the Chief Guest Minister Mr Bedu Singh Panth flagged off a Walkathon cum voting awareness campaign which commenced from DAC Namchi and ended at PWD Guest House.

The event was organised as part of the Systematic Voters Education and Electoral Participation (SVEEP) by District Administration Namchi and had the participation of Officers, staff, police personnel, students, and the public.

The purpose of the walkathon was to create awareness of voting rights and ensure a high turnout of voters.

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14th National Voters Day commemorated by District Election Cell Namchi

Namchi, January 25 (IPR): The 14th National Voters Day was commemorated by District Election Cell Namchi today, in the presence of ADC Namchi Mr Anant Jain, Asst. Collector Namchi, Mr. Pulkit. SDM (HQ) Mr Gopal K Chettri. SDM Namchi Mr Saran D. Kalikotey, Special Guest Mr. Mingma D Lepcha, PWD Icon Mr Saran Pradhan and Mr Arjun Darjee, BLOs, Political Representatives, New Voters, and District officials.

ADC Namchi, in his address, traced the journey of National Voters Day since its inception in 2011. Emphasising its dedication to enlightening and instilling responsibility in new voters, he disclosed a significant voter count of approximately 1 lakh 10 thousand across 7 constituencies in the district. The provision of home voting for those above 80 and PWD voters, facilitated by ECI, was also highlighted.

Moreover, he shed light on the ongoing SVEEP Activities in the district and encouraged participation in the upcoming Cycling event on February 4th and urged the new voters to attend an EVM demonstration at DAC to familiarise themselves with the voting process.

Addressed the gathering, Mr Mingma D Lepcha urged the new voters to exercise their right wisely and fairly, emphasising their role as responsible citizens.

Furthermore, the National Voters’ Day Pledge was administered to the gathering by ADC Namchi.

The theme for National Voters Day for 2024 was “Nothing like voting, I vote for sure”.

A video message on National Voters Day was displayed by CEC Shri Rajiv Kumar.

Election Photo Identity Card (EPIC) was distributed to the new voters and accolades were bestowed upon the Special Guest, BLO and the PWD Icon during the event.

 

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Walk for Vote – Walkathon for Voting

Press Release from DAC, Namchi

📢 Press Release: Walk for Vote on 26th January

🚶‍♂️ Date: 26th January

📍 Start: DAC | 🏁 Finish: Namchi Bazaar Complex

🎉 Highlights:

Vibrant Walkathon 🚶‍♀️

Voting Pledge & Video Screening 📽️

🌐 SVEEP Activities:

Promoting Voting Awareness

Voter Pledge for Civic Responsibility

Video Education on Voting Significance

📚 Purpose:

Strengthen Democracy

Boost Civic Engagement

📱 Join us! #WalkForVote #VoterAwareness #SVEEP

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Training programme for BLOs under Namchi district

Namchi, 23 Jan(IPR): A training programme for Booth Level Officer (BLOs) was successfully conducted at District Administrative Centre today.

The main objective of the training programme was to trained the BLOs for upcoming general election, 2024 and to equip them with necessary skills and knowledge for the easy accessibility during the election.

A total of 139 Booth Level Officers had participated wherein they were explained and informed on the election procedures, including Poll day management, SVEEP activities and postal ballots.

The BLOs were also enlightened about BLO-Net mobile app, which is designed specially for Booth level Officers to provide online processing mechanism for claims, objections and enrollment received online and offline.

Similarly, the trainees were informed about the celebration of National Voters day, which is celebrated every year on 25 January to mark the foundation day of Election Commission of India.

During the training programme, hands-on training on commissioning Electronic Voter Machines(EVMs), Voter Verifiable Paper Audit Trail (VVPAT) were demonstrated to the BLOs.

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District Administration Centre, Namchi presents “Pedal for Polls,” a cycling event on February 4th at 10:00 AM, starting from Namchi Bazaar to Helipad

Cyclists will traverse scenic routes to promote electoral awareness. The initiative aims to underscore the significance of voting.

Join the cause and register via the provided Whatsapp link https://chat.whatsapp.com/GqSqZ9fOSJg12HSzVv8SGW to be part of this electoral awareness campaign.

Don’t miss the opportunity to pedal for change and make a difference!

Note: If you don’t have a bicycle with you, Notify well in advance the same in group, and we will arrange one for you.

https://chat.whatsapp.com/GqSqZ9fOSJg12HSzVv8SGW

 

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First round of training for Presiding and Polling Officers I concludes

Namchi, January 20 (IPR) : The first round of training for Presiding and Polling Officers I under Namchi district concluded successfully, today.

The final sessions were conducted at two venues, identical to the location used for past three days, the Conference Hall of DAC and the Auditorium of Namchi Sr. Sec. School.

A total of 95 trainees participated on the final day, led by Mr Sunny Kharel and Mr Dilip Sharma. The training focused on the roles and responsibilities outlined by the Election Commission of India covering the topic of setting up of polling stations, EVMs, VVPAT, and adherence to electoral rules.

The training, that spanned from the 17th to the 20th of January, focused on imparting theoretical knowledge and practical skills related to the roles and responsibilities of presiding and polling officers. A total no of 550 Presiding and Polling Officer I received insights into the rules and regulations of the Election Commission of India (ECI) and underwent hands-on training on Electronic Voting Machines (EVMs) and Voter Verifiable Paper Audit Trail (VVPAT) at the designated venues.

The program’s success was greatly aided by the regular visits of DC Namchi Ms Annapurna Alley, and the proactive participation of SDM Namchi Mr Gopal K. Chettri, along with other officials in the training venues.

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Second day of the first round of training for Presiding and Polling I Officers for General Elections 2024

Namchi, January 18(IPR): The second day of the first round of training for Presiding and Polling I Officers for the impending General Elections 2024, was held simultaneously at two venues namely the conference hall District Administrative Centre and the auditorium hall Namchi Senior Secondary School, under Namchi District, today.

The training session was conducted by Resource Persons Mr Sunny Kharel SDM Soreng, and Mr Dilip Sharma DPO Zilla Soreng, and had the participation of a total of 114 trainees.

The Resource Persons briefed the roles and responsibilities of the Presiding and Polling Officer I as per the guidelines of the Election Commission of India. Further, the trainees were explained about setting up of polling stations, the functioning of Electronic Voting Machine (EVMs), Voter Verified Paper Audit Trail (VVPAT), the do’s and don’t, and many other rules that need to be followed and exercised by them.

In addition, hands-on training was also given to the trainees to familiarize with EVMs.

During the training, Ms Annapurna Alley DC Namchi also visited the training venues wherein she briefed the pivotal roles of polling personnel in ensuring fair and smooth elections. She advised the trainees to make efficient use of the knowledge acquired during this training period and requested them to clear their doubts which may arise on the poll day.

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First phase of training for Presiding and polling officer I for the upcoming General Elections 2024 started at Namchi

Namchi, January 17 (IPR): The first phase of training for Presiding and polling officer I for the upcoming General Elections 2024 started at Namchi today.

The Nodal Officer for trainings Mr Gopal K. Chettri informed that the training is being conducted batch-wise at two venues- Conference hall of DAC and Auditorium of Namchi Sr. Sec. School consisting of 50 Officials each.

Mr Sunny Kharel and Mr Dilip Sharma, SLMTs assited by DLMTs & ALMTs conducted the training.

The comprehensive training, extending till January 20, aims to equip Officials with necessary skills and knowledge to fulfill their crucial roles in ensuring a fair and efficient electoral process.

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EVM-VVPAT Mobile Van Demonstration Vehicle for Namchi District officially flagged off by DC Namchi

Namchi, January 9 (IPR): The EVM-VVPAT Mobile Van Demonstration Vehicle for Namchi District was officially flagged off today by DC Namchi, Ms Annapurna Alley.

The event took place at the premises of DAC, Namchi and had the presence of key officials, including ADC Namchi, SDM HQ, SDM Namchi, DD LR&DM, DS Election, and Election staff.

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Meeting conducted at the chamber of District Collector Namchi regarding the final publication of electoral roll

Namchi, 8 Jan (IPR) : A meeting was conducted at the chamber of District Collector Namchi regarding the final publication of electoral roll w.e.f 01.01.2024 as qualifying date chaired by DC Namchi, attended by SDM Namchi, SDM HQ, DS Election and political parties representative of BJP, SDF & SKM.

The main agenda of the meeting was to handover a soft copy of the final publication of electoral roll.

Other important points were also discussed with the political parties seeking their cooperation in the upcoming General Election 2024

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District Election Officer, Namchi chairs the first co-ordination meeting for General Election 2024

Namchi, January 8 (IPR): The District Collector cum District Election Officer Namchi Ms Annapurna Alley, chaired the first co-ordination meeting at DAC Namchi to discuss the strategies for the upcoming General Election 2024.

Present during the meeting were SDM (HQ), SDM Namchi, ADC (Dev) Ravangla, and other nodal officers representing concerned departments.

At the outset of the meeting, DC Namchi outlined the roles and responsibilities of the nodal officers, emphasising the crucial factors and challenges that need to be addressed for a smooth General Election process in 2024. The Nodal officers, in turn, introduced and deliberated on their specific roles and responsibilities.

Furthermore, the meeting underscored the necessity for sensitisation and a well-structured training program to ensure seamless management and execution of the electoral proceedings.

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