2014 Sikkim Legislative Assembly election
All 32 Assembly Constituencies
17 by seats needed for a majority
Constituencies of Sikkim
Pawan Chamling led SDF had already formed the previous four governments in Sikkim having first formed the government after the 1994 election, when they won 19 seats within a year of the party being formed, and then again after the 1999 election, when they increased their tally to 24 seats. Chamling's third term began on May 21, 2004 after increasing his telly to 31. In the Sikkim Legislative Assembly election, 2009, the SDF had a clean-sweep winning all 32 seats in the state assembly and Chamling sworn in as a Chief Minister fourth times on May 20, 2009. SDF is contesting for the fifth consecutive term.
Campaign and issues
The Buddhist minority demanded Karmapa to contest from Rumtek monastery. Nepali community in Sikkim demanded tribal status.
Sikkim Krantikari Morcha (SKM) was formed by Prem Singh Tamang in February 2013. Prem Singh Tamang alias P S Golay left Chamling's SDF in September 2014 and joined SKM. SKM contested from all 32 seats.
Schedule of election
|Announcement & Issue of Press Note||March 5, 2014|
|Issue of Notification||March 19, 2014|
|Last Date for filing Nominations||March 26, 2014|
|Scrutiny of Nominations||March 27, 2014|
|Last date for withdrawal of Candidature||March 29, 2014|
|Date of Poll||April 12, 2014|
|Counting of Votes on||May 16, 2014|
|Date before which election shall be completed||May 20, 2014|
|Constituencies Polling on this day||32|
|Source: Election Commission of India|
There were 370,731eligible voters including 1,79,650 female voters. 538 polling stations were set up by election commission which were guarded by 3500 policemens and 15 companies of West Bengal Police. There are two seats reserved for scheduled castes (SC), 12 for Bhutia and Lepcha (BL) communities out of 32 seats. One Sangha seat is reserved for 2900 monks of over 100 monasteries.
SKM leader Golay contested from Namthang-Rateypani seat against incumbent SDF minister Tilu Gurung.
SDF leader and incumbent chief minister Chamling contested from two places, Namchi-Singhithang and Rangang-Yangang.
Total 80.97% of electorate including 80.57% males and 81.40% females cast their vote.
Voter turnout at each constituency was as below:
|No.||Constituency||Voter turnout %|
|1||Yoksam- Tashiding (BL)||84.66|
|8||Salghari Zoom (SC)||82.61|
|16||Tumin Lingee (BL)||82.66|
|18||West Pendam (SC)||81.15|
|21||Gnathang Machong (BL)||81.40|
|24||Martam Rumtek (BL)||80.23|
|29||Kabi Lungchuk (BL)||80.37|
|31||Lachen Mangan (BL)||82.72|
Parties and candidates
|Party Type||Code||Party Name||Number of
|National Parties||BJP||Bharatiya Janata Party||13||45|
|INC||Indian National Congress||32|
|State registered and recognized parties||SDF||Sikkim Democratic Front||32||32|
|State registered and unrecognised parties||TMC||Trinamool Congress||7||39|
|SKM||Sikkim Krantikari Morcha||32|
Votes were counted and results were declared on May 16, 2014. SDF lost 10 seats to SKM resulting in formation of opposition in the assembly which did not exist in previous assembly.
|Political Party||Flag||Candidates||Number of Votes||Seats Won||Net Change
|% of Votes||Change in %|
|1||Yoksam- Tashiding (BL)||Sonam Dadul Bhutia||SDF|
|2||Yangthang||Chandra Maya Limboo (Subba)||SDF|
|3||Maneybong Dentam||Narendra Kumar Subba||SDF|
|4||Gyalshing Barnyak||Sher Bahadur Subedi||SDF|
|5||Rinchenpong||Karma Sonam Lepcha||SDF|
|7||Soreng Chakung||Ram Bahadur Limboo (Subba)||SDF|
|8||Salghari Zoom (SC)||Arjun Kumar Ghatani||SDF|
|9||Barfung (BL)||Dorjee Dazom Bhutia||SDF|
|10||Poklok Kamrang||Kedar Nath Rai||SDF|
|11||Namchi Singhithang||Pawan Chamling||SDF|
|12||Melli||Tulshi Devi Rai||SDF|
|13||Namthang Rateypani||Tilu Gurung||SDF|
|14||Temi Namphing||Garjaman Gurung||SDF|
|15||Rangang Yangang||Pawan Chamling||SDF|
|16||Tumin Lingee (BL)||Ugen T Gyatso Bhutia||SDF|
|17||Khamdong Singtam||Som Nath Poudyal||SDF|
|18||West Pendam (SC)||Gopal Baraily||SKM|
|21||Gnathang Machong (BL)||Dorjee Tsh. Lepcha||SDF|
|22||Namchwybong||Bek Bahadur Rai||SDF|
|23||Shyari (BL)||Kunga Nima Lepchs||SKM|
|24||Martam Rumtek (BL)||Mechung Bhutia||SKM|
|25||Upper Tadong||Timothy William Basnett||SKM|
|27||Gangtok (BL)||Pintso Chopel||SKM|
|28||Upper Burtuk||Prem Singh Tamang||SKM|
|29||Kabi Lungchuk (BL)||Ugen Nedup Bhutia||SKM|
|30||Djongu (BL)||Sonam Gyatso Lepcha||SDF|
|31||Lachen Mangan (BL)||Tshering Wangdi Lepcha||SDF|
SDF led by Chamling secured majority by winning 22 out of 32 seats. SKM won the rest ten seats.
Pawan Kumar Chamling was sworn in as the Chief Minister of Sikkim for the fifth time on May 21, 2014 by Shriniwas Dadasaheb Patil, the Governor of Sikkim. He became the chief minister fifth time, a record previously held by Jyoti Basu who ruled West Bengal from 1977 to 2000.
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