Friday, October 9, 2015

Municipal polls register 71% voter turnout

As per the final data released by the State Election Commission, elections held for the six municipal towns of Sikkim today received an overall voter turnout of 71.18%. Interestingly, Gyalshing Municipal Council, where elections were held only for two wards [five having already gone to SDF uncontested], recorded the highest voter turnout at 77.01%. With this, West Sikkim continues its record of registering the highest voter turnouts in Sikkim. For the Assembly elections 2014, West Sikkim had posted the state’s highest voter turnout at 82.94%.
Electors at Rangpo and Singtam Nagar Panchayats follow next with 75.49% and 74% voter turnouts respectively. Jorethang-Nayabazaar Municipal Council also polled a respectable 71.01% voter turnout followed by Namchi Municipal Council recording a 65.58% voter turnout and Gangtok bringing up the rear with 64% voter turnout. Although the GMC and Gangtok assembly constituency shapes are markedly different, Gangtok did poll the lowest voter turnout for Sikkim in the assembly elections as well at 65.95%.
The counting is scheduled for 12 October.
The voter turnout for municipal elections 2015
Gyalshing Nagar Panchayat: 77.01%
Rangpo Nagar Panchayat: 75.49%
Singtam Nagar Panchayat: 74%
Jorethang-Nayabazaar Municipal Council: 71.01%
Namchi Municipal Council: 65.58%
Gangtok Municipal Corporation: 64%

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