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Facilitation Centre and Postal Voting Centre Training

Date: 02-Apr-2024
Pakyong, 2 April (IPR): A training session focusing on the Facilitation Centre and Postal Voting Centre (PVC) took place at the Rurban Complex in Pakyong today.
Mr Tashi Chophel, the DC cum DEO Pakyong, gave an overview of the roles and functionality of the centres. He specified that Dikling Senior Secondary School and Conference Hall of the Rurban Complex are designated venues for the Facilitation Centre, operating from April 9th to April 12th, 2024. Furthermore, participants were instructed to closely observe the proceedings.
Mr Tshering Chophel Bhutia, the Additional Director of the Agriculture Department and Nodal Officer for Postal Ballot (PB), stressed the important roles of the teams and emphasised the need for vigilance during the training due to the unique nature of postal balloting compared to previous general elections.
Participants were encouraged to familiarise themselves with the form submission requirements, as daily reports must be submitted to the DEO within a specified timeframe.
Mrs Rebecca Gurung, Deputy Director, Agriculture Department cum Assistant Nodal Officer of PB, provided detailed information on the roles of the team members while underscoring the importance of voter confidentiality.
The session included discussions on Home Voting Procedures, Postal Ballot Forms, and eligibility criteria for certain groups, like senior citizens aged 85+ and persons with disabilities (PwDs) with a 40% benchmark disability who can access home voting facilities.
Participants assigned to the Facilitation Centre were directed to Annexure 4, while those assigned to the Postal Voting Centre (PVC) were instructed to refer to Annexure 12, as each category has a distinct format for voter facilitation.
Various responsibilities of the Facilitation Centre and Postal Voting Centre teams were highlighted, such as verifying voter ID cards, applying ink to the index finger, and monitoring mobile phones in the deposit centre.
Likewise, practical training was also provided on completing forms and sealing envelopes.
Also present during the session were Ms Anupa Tamling, ADC Pakyong; Mrs Merina Rai, Joint Secretary, Election Department; and trainees.