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Sikkim records over 23% polling in 4 hours

IANS  |  Gangtok 

Over 23 per cent votes were cast in the first four hours of polling in on Thursday, in simultaneous elections for a new 32-member state and to pick its only member.

"Around 23.5 per cent polling has been reported overall," sources in the state Chief Electoral Officer's office said. "There are no reports of any disturbance," the sources said.

Voting began at 7 a.m. and will end at 5 p.m. A total of 423,325 voters are exercising their franchise in 567 polling stations. They will choose their representatives from among 150 candidates for the state Assembly and 11 for the lone seat.

The state is largely witnessing a three-way fight between Pawan Chamling's Democratic Front (SDF), former SDF the Krantikari Morcha (SKM), and footballer (HSP).

Chamling, who has been the since 1994, is contesting from Poklok-Kamrang and Namchi Singhithang seats, while Bhutia is in the fray from Gangtok and Tumen Lingi seats.

The and the are also in the fray in Sikkim, that borders Tibet, and

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First Published: Thu, April 11 2019. 13:38 IST
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