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|October 3, 1999||
77 per cent polling in Sikkim
Defying a poll boycott call, about 77 per cent of the 2,55,253 electorate in Sikkim exercised their franchise peacefully to send a lone representative to the Lok Sabha and 32 to the state assembly.
State election official said barring some stray incidents of intimidation, the polling passed off peacefully despite a boycott call given by the Sikkimese Tribal Bhutia-Lepcha Apex Committee.
According to east district collector and returning officer for the state's lone parliamentary seat and 12 assembly segments, Vijay Bhushan Pathak, about 80 per cent voting was recorded in his district.
There was a complaint by the ruling Sikkim Democratic Front that its party candidate for the tribal Rakdong-Tintek constituency in east Sikkim was reported missing after the alleged ransacking of the party office at Tintek last night. The candidate Danorbu Sherpa, however, returned home this evening, Pathak said.
Tribal north Sikkim recorded about 75 per cent of voting. Returning officer Lodey Nima, who was in charge for the three reserved assembly segments in north Sikkim, told UNI that about 75 per cent of the 21,934 voters, mojority of them women, cast their votes early in the day.
He said the figure could rise as polling parties were yet to report to the district headquarters of Mangan from the far-flung booths.
South Sikkim, which has seven assembly segments, recorded 80 per cent voting.
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