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SIKKIM

Sikkim by-elections record average voter turnout of 68%

The final figures for polling in three constituencies of state -- Poklok Kamrang, Rumtek-Martam and Gangtok -- were 80.56%, 72.60% & 51.97%, respectively

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Gangtok: Sikkim witnessed an average voter turnout of 68.37% in the by-elections of three constituencies -- Poklok Kamrang, Gangtok and Rumtek-Martam -- that were held in the state on Monday.

Out of total 15,695 voters in Poklok-Kamrang (South Sikkim), 6,520 male and 6,124 female voters turned out to cast their votes, accounting for a turnout of 80.56%. Meanwhile, for the Martam-Rumtek in East Sikkim, of the total 16,951 voters, 6,317 male and 5,989 female voters turned out. It ended on an average polling of 72.60%.

Purna Maya Tamang (92) from Gangtok exercised her franchise at White hall  
Purna Maya Tamang (92) from Gangtok exercised her franchise at White hall  
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The Gangtok constituency recorded the lowest turnout of 51.97%, where out of 11,752 voters, 3,316 male and 2,792 female exercised their franchise.

A total of 15 candidates from different political parties and independent candidates contested in the by-polls from all the three seats. The counting is scheduled to take place on October 24.

The counting is scheduled to take place on October 24
The counting is scheduled to take place on October 24
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The by-elections witnessed zero violence and was conducted smoothly.

Despite the chaotic political scenario where MLAs changed parties as per their convenience and last moment SKM-BJP alliance, both leading to the backdoor entry of BJP, voters from all age groups turned out to vote in Sikkim by-elections.