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Sikkim witnesses 15% polling in first 3 hours

IANS  |  Gangtok 

Around 15 per cent votes were cast in the first three hours of polling in on Thursday in simultaneous eletions for a new 32-member and to pick its only member.

"Around 15 per cent polling has been reported overall," sources in the state Chief Electoral Officer's office said.

Voting began at 7 a.m. and will end at 5 p.m. A total of 423,325 voters are eligible to exercise their franchise in 567 polling stations to 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), the Krantikari Morcha (SKM) led by P.S. Golay, a former SDF Minister, and the (HSP) of former Indian

The and are also in the state that borders Tibet, and

Chamling is contesting from two seats, Poklok-Kamrang and Namchi Singhithang, while Bhutia is in the fray from Gangtok and Tumen Lingi seats.

--IANS

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First Published: Thu, April 11 2019. 12:00 IST
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