Saturday, September 12, 2009

Namchi election free, fair and peaceful, says DC

Binod Rai casting his vote
Namchi,Sep11 : The fate of five candidates contesting for the Bye Poll in Namchi Singithang constituency is now locked in the 15 EVMs which have been kept under care of Indo-Tibet Border Police (ITBP) at a strong room, in Namchi District Administrative Centre (DAC).
DC South and also the Returning Officer, AK Singh while talking to reporters said that the election was held peacefully to the fullest satisfaction of all the candidates and the Central Observer. Not a single complaint was received from any candidate, he said. He further informed that the turn out of voters in this bye election was 67.5% against 74% in the last general assembly election held in May 2009.
DC said that in the constituency, the poling station at Namchi Sr. Sec. School Room No. 3 recorded the lowest voting percentage of 48.10% while the poling station at Singtam Palung Primary School recorded the highest turn out of 81.06%.
According to DC Mr. Singh, the SPCC President has filed a complaint yesterday to the Observer which was later forwarded to him where it was mentioned that the people were afraid of coming out of their house to cast vote”, the DC/RO said. He further informed that the EVMs have been kept in the strong room under the watch of ITBP personnel, Central Observers and the Election cell. Above the strong room and the counting hall, there are CCTV cameras and one person for round the clock vigil, he said. The DAC conference hall has been prepared for counting of votes which is tentatively slated for 14th September subject to the final decision by Chief Election Officer