Sikkim Assembly election to be held on April 11

Sikkim Chief Electoral Officer R. Telang addressing media in Gangtok on Sunday. SE Pic
Mon, Mar 11, 2019

DICHEN ONGMU
GANGTOK:
Voting for the 32 Assembly constituencies of Sikkim will take place on April 11, the Election Commission announced during a press conference at Vigyan Bhawan in New Delhi on Sunday. The Sikkim Assembly election will be held simultaneously with 91 Lok Sabha seats spread across 20 States including the lone seat from Sikkim in the first phase of elections. Lok Sabha elections will be held in seven phases from April 11 to May 19. Counting of votes along with Sikkim and other State Assemblies and all the 543 Lok Sabha seats will be held on May 23.
With the announcement, the Model Code of Conduct for parties and governments has come into force with immediate effect across the country. Once the Model Code of Conduct comes into force, governments cannot take policy decisions or announce new projects in the run-up to the elections.
Announcing the schedule and other pre-poll arrangements here at the State Election department here later Sunday evening, Chief Electoral Officer (CEO) Sikkim R. Telang said the gazette notification would be issued on March18, when filing of nomination would begin. March 25 is the last day of filing nomination and March 26 the day for scrutiny of nominations. March 28 is the last date of withdrawal of nomination while voting will take place on April 11.
According to the record till January 2019, there are 4.23 lakh voters registered in the State. On April 11, voting will be held in 567 polling stations including 51 polling stations for Sangha seat. A total of 13 political parties, including two State registered and recognised parties (SDF and SKM) and four registered and un-recognised parties - Sikkim Sangram Parishad, Hamro Sikkim Party, Sikkim Republican Party and Sikkim Rajya Manch and seven national parties including State units of BJP and Congress have their presence in the State.
Sharing the preparation details, the CEO informed that a 24x7 control room has already been established and 90 flying squads will be pressed into service to check instances of poll code violations. All necessary preparations are being made as per the Election Commission instructions, he added.


Area: 7096 Sq Km
Capital:Gangtok
Altitude: 5,840 ft
Population: 6.10 Lakhs
Topography: Hilly terrain elevation from 600 ft. to over 28,509 ft above sea level
Climate:
Summer: Max- 21°C ; Min – 13°C
Winter: Max -13°C ; Min – 0.48°C
Rainfall: 325 cm per annum
Language Spoken: Nepali, Bhutia, Lepcha, Tibetan, English, Hindi