Gangtok: Sikkim Municipal Election is currently underway across 54 polling stations in the state, with 216 polling personnel and 108 security personnel deployed for a smooth conduct of the elections.
Keeping the COVID-19 protocols in mind, East District Magistrate Rahul K people not to crowd at polling stations.
“All polling teams have been provided with 2 kg of sanitizers with spraying equipment, which will be provided for all the voters. Masks will be provided to all the voters,” he said.
In East Sikkim, three Urban Local Bodies (ULBs) of Gangtok, Singtam and Rangpo are going for polls with 24 wards in contest out of a total of 29 wards. Five wards were declared uncontested, with 4 in Gangtok and one in Chanatar ward in Rangpo Nagar Panchayat.
In Gangtok, there are 43 polling stations, 5 in Singtam and 6 in Rangpo.
There are 19 wards in Gangtok with 15 going for polls. There are 5 wards each in Singtam and Rangpo with all wards up for polls in Singtam and 4 wards in Rangpo.
There are 102 candidates in three urban local bodies with highest in Gangtok at 64 candidates, 21 candidates in Singtam and 17 candidates in Rangpo.
In Gangtok, there are 44,340 voters with 22,827 males and 21,513 females. In Singtam there are 4209 voters with 2262 males and 1947 females. In Rangpo, there are 4686 voters with 2465 males and 2,221 females.
Two ULBs in South Sikkim are polling: Namchi Municipal Council (NMC) and Nayabazar Jorethang Nagar Panchayat (NJNP). There are 7 wards in Namchi, out of which 3 have been declared as uncontested while out of 5 wards from Jorethang Nagar Panchayat 4 wards are up for election with Shantinagar declared as uncontested. Altogether, 16 candidates are competing for four wards in Namchi Municipal Council and 11 candidates for four wards in Jorethang will contest the civic polls in South Sikkim. There are 4,459 voters for the 4 wards of Namchi and 4,545 voters for 4 wards in Jorethang Nagar Panchayat.
In West Sikkim, Geyzing Nagar Panchayat has 5 wards, out of which 4 are going for polls with one Kyongsa ward being declared as uncontested. There are 12 candidates competing for 4 wards with Byadong, a Schedule Caste ward having three candidates, Naya Bazar, a Schedule Tribe ward having 3 candidates, Central Gyalshing, which is an unreserved women’s ward with 4 candidates in the fray and New Gyalshing ward, an OBC ward with 2 candidates contesting.
In North Sikkim, Mangan Nagar Panchayat has 1,539 voters from four Municipal wards. Out of five wards, Pentok ward was declared uncontested. Upper Mangan Bazar (ST) has 387 voters with 3 candidates contesting. Pentok Ward (ST-Women) had 221 voters with Norkit Lepcha already declared as uncontested. Power Colony (UR-Women) has 186 with 2 candidates contesting. Rinzing Namgyal Marg (ST) has 402 voters with 2 candidates contesting. Lower Mangan Bazar (UR-Women) has 564 voters with 3 candidates contesting.