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69 per cent polling in Sikkim till 5 pm

Press Trust of India  |  Gangtok 

An estimated 69 per cent of the voters in have exercised their franchise till 5 pm on Thursday to elect a 32-member state as well as the lone member from the state, an said.

The polling percentage will go up as large number of voters who have queued up at polling stations till 5 pm would be allowed to vote, the said.

There was no report of any violence from anywhere in the state during the polling of the state Assembly and the lone seat which was held simultaneously, Chief Electoral Officer (CEO) told

exercised his franchise at in South Sikkim's Namchi-Singhiyhang assembly seat.

A total of 4,32,306 voters comprising 2,20,305 males and 2,12,001 females were eligible to exercise their franchise on Thursday.

A total of 150 candidates are in fray for the 32 assembly seats, while 11 candidates are contesting for the lone seat in the state.

Chamling, who is seeking an eighth successive term as an MLA, is contesting from two assembly seats - Poklok-Kamrang and Namchi-Singhithang.

Former Indian Bhaichung Bhutia, the working of the Hamro party (HSP) has entered into fray from two assembly seats as well, including the Gangtok assembly constituency, reserved for the indigenous Bhutia-Lepcha communities.

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First Published: Thu, April 11 2019. 18:55 IST