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Healthy turnout in Sikkim panchayat polls
Correspondent
 GANGTOK, Nov 5 – The East district of Sikkim kept pace with the rest of the State and recorded a handsome voter participation, close to 80 pc for the panchayat polls, held on November 3.

As per statistics released by the IPR Department, the zila panchayat elections attracted a 78.15 pc voter turnout, while the gram panchayat ward elections received a slightly higher participation of 81.62 per cent. Out of the 32 zila panchayat territorial constituencies in the district, six were bagged by the SDF uncontested and 26 went to polls.

Meanwhile, of the 290 ward panchayats in East district, elections were held in 157 after SDF secured 133 uncontested.

There are as many as 214 Independents in the fray for the 157 panchayat ward seats, 35 of which had a three-way contest, a first time event in Sikim. The 26 zila seats which went to poll witnessed participation of 48 Independents against SDF candidates.

With 104 (15 zila and 99 panchayat wards) of the 299 panchayat berths (28 zilla and 271 panchayat) wards going to polls, South Sikkim registered 81 percent turnout for the two- tier panchayats.

As per the information received from the Control Room, South district, a total of 78 percent voters cast votes for the zila territorial constituencies. In the ward panchayat elections, the overall turnout was 82 percent.

With this, the fate of 39 candidates contesting for the 15 zila panchayat seats and 232 candidates contesting the 99 ward panchayats have been sealed in EVMs for the South district stored in the strongroom at the Namchi Senior Secondary School auditorium ground floor.

Despite the pre-poll violence between the ruling SDF and supporters of the rebel SDF MLA from Upper Burtuk, P S Golay, in the district, the polling concluded peacefully today.

The voter turnout for the panchayat polls in three constituencies of North Sikkim was 87 percent.

In Dzongu constituency, out of 11 territorial constituencies and 56 wards, most having already been bagged by the SDF uncontested, election was held for three territorial constituencies – Namok-Swayem, Mangshila-Tibuk and Hee-Gyathang GPU.

West Sikkim too recorded over 80 pc turnout as per details shared by the DC (West) LB Chettri. The district has 275 polling stations for the 23 zila panchayats (out of 28) and 136 panchayat wards (out of 317) which required polling after the rest were secured by the ruling SDF uncontested.

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