Voting began at 7 a.m. and was earlier slated to end at 5 pm. A total of 423,325 voters are voting in 567 polling stations. They will choose their representatives from 150 candidates for the state Assembly and 11 for the lone Lok Sabha seat.
The state is largely witnessing a three-way fight between Chief Minister Pawan Chamling's Sikkim Democratic Front (SDF), former SDF Minister P.S. Golay-led the Sikkim Krantikari Morcha (SKM), and footballer Bhaichung Bhutia's Hamro Sikkim Party (HSP).
Sumitra Rai, a 107-year-old woman, became Sikkim's oldest registered voter to vote. She came on a wheelchair to the Kamrang Government Secondary School polling booth in the Poklok Kamrang constituency to cast her vote.
SDF spokesman P.D. Rai, however, expressed his dismay over a large number of EVMs malfunctioning during the day. "This delayed the entire process, and people were also agitated."
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