2014 Sikkim Legislative Assembly election

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Sikkim Legislative Assembly election 2014

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All 32 Assembly Constituencies
17 by seats needed for a majority
Turnout80.97%[1]
  Majority party Minority party
 
Leader Pawan Kumar Chamling Prem Singh Tamang alias
P S Golay
Party SDF SKM
Leader since 1994 2014
Leader's seat Namchi-Singhithang
and
Rangang-Yangang
Namthang-Rateypani
(lost)
and
Upper Burtuk
Last election -
Seats before all 32 -
Seats won 22 10
Seat change Decrease10 Increase10
Popular vote 169986[2] 126024[2]
Percentage 55%[2] 40.8%[2]

Wahlkreise zur Vidhan Sabha von Sikkim.svg
Constituencies of Sikkim

Chief Minister of Sikkim before election

Pawan Chamling
SDF

Chief Minister of Sikkim

Pawan Chamling
SDF

The election was held on 12 April 2014 for 7th assembly of Sikkim, the northeastern state of India. It elected 32 members of Sikkim Legislative Assembly.[3][4]

Background[edit]

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,[5] and then again after the 1999 election, when they increased their tally to 24 seats.[6] Chamling's third term began on May 21, 2004 after increasing his telly to 31.[7][8] 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.[9]

Campaign and issues[edit]

The Buddhist minority demanded Karmapa to contest from Rumtek monastery. Nepali community in Sikkim demanded tribal status.[9]

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.[9][10]

Schedule of election[edit]

Poll Event Dates
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[3]

Polling[edit]

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.[9]

SKM leader Golay contested from Namthang-Rateypani seat against incumbent SDF minister Tilu Gurung.[9]

SDF leader and incumbent chief minister Chamling contested from two places, Namchi-Singhithang and Rangang-Yangang.[9]

Voter turnout[edit]

Total 80.97% of electorate including 80.57% males and 81.40% females cast their vote.[1]

Voter turnout at each constituency was as below:[1]

No. Constituency Voter turnout %
1 Yoksam- Tashiding (BL) 84.66
2 Yangthang 82.18
3 Maneybong Dentam 83.59
4 Gyalshing Barnyak 82.19
5 Rinchenpong 84.73
6 Daramdin 82.34
7 Soreng Chakung 83.52
8 Salghari Zoom (SC) 82.61
9 Barfung (BL) 83.37
10 Poklok Kamrang 84.16
11 Namchi Singhithang 76.87
12 Melli 82.16
13 Namthang Rateypani 81.64
14 Temi Namphing 81.33
15 Rangang Yangang 82.53
16 Tumin Lingee (BL) 82.66
17 Khamdong Singtam 82.32
18 West Pendam (SC) 81.15
19 Rhenok 82.02
20 Chujachen 80.44
21 Gnathang Machong (BL) 81.40
22 Namchwybong 82.42
23 Shyari (BL) 78.14
24 Martam Rumtek (BL) 80.23
25 Upper Tadong 73.54
26 Arithang 71.14
27 Gangtok (BL) 65.94
28 Upper Burtuk 78.77
29 Kabi Lungchuk (BL) 80.37
30 Djongu (BL) 86.49
31 Lachen Mangan (BL) 82.72
32 Sangha 74.62
Total 80.97

Parties and candidates[edit]

Party Type Code Party Name Number of
candidates
Total
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
Independents n/a Independents 5 5
Total: 121
Source:[9]

Result[edit]

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.

Summary:[2]

e • d Summary of results of the Sikkim Legislative Assembly election, 2014
Political Party Flag Candidates Number of Votes Seats Won Net Change
in seats
% of Votes Change in %
of vote
SDF 32 169983 22 Decrease10 55.0% Decrease
SKM 32 126024 10 Increase10 40.8% -
INC Flag of the Indian National Congress.svg 32 4390 0 0 1.4% Decrease
BJP 13 2208 0 0 0.7% Decrease
Trinamool Congress 7 586 0 0 0.2% -
Independent 5 1227 0 0 0.4 Increase
NOTA - 4460 - - 1.4% -
    Total 478,861 Turnout - Voters -

The candidates elected to seventh legislative assembly are listed below:[11][12][13][14]

No. Constituency Member Party
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
6 Daramdin Danorbu Sherpa 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
19 Rhenock Hemendra Adhikari SKM
20 Chujachen Bikram Pradhan SDF
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
26 Arithang Shyam Pradhan 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
32 Sangha Sonam Lama SKM

Government formation[edit]

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.[15]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c "Sikkim Legislative Assembly election 2014 voter turnout". Chief Election Officer, Sikkim. April 2014. Archived from the original (PDF) on May 13, 2014. Retrieved May 13, 2014.
  2. ^ a b c d e "Partywise assembly election result status". ECI. Archived from the original on 2014-05-16.
  3. ^ a b "ELECTION COMMISSION OF INDIA GENERAL ELECTIONS 2014 ASSEMBLY CONSTITUENCIES IN SIKKIM" (PDF). Election Commission Of India Portal, Page 57.
  4. ^ "SIKKIM LEGISLATIVE ASSEMBLY". legislativebodiesinindia.nic.in.
  5. ^ "STATISTICAL REPORT ON GENERAL ELECTION, 1994 TO THE LEGISLATIVE ASSEMBLY OF SIKKIM" (PDF). Election Commission of India. Archived from the original (PDF) on April 10, 2009. Retrieved 2009-10-28.
  6. ^ "STATISTICAL REPORT ON GENERAL ELECTION, 1999 TO THE LEGISLATIVE ASSEMBLY OF SIKKIM" (PDF). Election Commission of India. Archived from the original (PDF) on April 10, 2009. Retrieved 2009-10-28.
  7. ^ Dam, Marcus (2009-05-21). "Will strive to remove urban, rural disparities: Chamling". The Hindu. Retrieved 2009-10-28.
  8. ^ "All my State wants is justice: Chamling". The Hindu. 2009-05-20. Retrieved 2009-10-28.
  9. ^ a b c d e f g "Sikkim Assembly polls LIVE: Pawan Chamling's fate hangs in balance as voting begins". Zee news. April 12, 2014. Retrieved May 11, 2014.
  10. ^ "Why Sikkim is more excited about assembly polls than Lok Sabha elections?". DNA. 2 April 2014. Retrieved 11 May 2014.
  11. ^ "Sikkim Result Status". ECI. p. 1. Archived from the original on 2014-05-16.
  12. ^ "Sikkim Result Status". ECI. p. 2. Archived from the original on 2014-05-16.
  13. ^ "Sikkim Result Status". ECI. p. 3. Archived from the original on 2014-05-16.
  14. ^ "Sikkim Result Status". ECI. p. 4. Archived from the original on 2014-05-16.
  15. ^ "Chamling sworn in as Sikkim CM for record fifth time". The Indian Express. Gangtok. Press Trust of India. May 21, 2014. Retrieved May 21, 2014.