LokSabha Election: Nomination to be issued on March 20 in Sikkim; last date for filing of nominations will be on March 27

As per the direction of Election Commission of India the schedule for elections for Sikkim is that the notification will be issued on 20th March, the last date for filing of nominations will be on 27th March, the scrutiny of nominations will be held on 28th March.

Similarly, the last date for the withdrawal of candidature is on 30th March, the date of polls is on 19th April followed by counting of votes for Sikkim Legislative Assembly on 2nd June and for Lok Sabha on 4th June and the date before which elections shall be completed is on 6th June, 2024. It was also mentioned that no nominations will be accepted during public holidays.

The CEO notified that there are a total of 4,63,929 voters in Sikkim as on 16/03/2024, out of which there are 2,32,381 male voters and 2,31,545 female voters and 03 third gender voters. Under service voters there are a total of 2,469 male voters and 33 female voters, totaling to 2,502 voters. There are a total of 4,192 PwD voters all over the State and a total of 2,473 Senior Citizen electors above 85 years.

In addition the CEO said that Assured Minimum Facilities along with accessibility friendly infrastructure for PwDs and senior citizens will be made available in all polling stations. Moreover, for voters under essential services such as Health, PHE, Power, Media and others, he said that they are also eligible for postal ballots.

The CEO mentioned that the State has a total of 573 Polling stations with 88 polling stations falling under urban areas and 485 in rural areas. Adequate CAPF Forces and Micro-Observers will be deputed at critical polling stations which will also have webcasting arrangements.

Highlighting, the role of women in the electoral process the CEO said that 32 women polling teams has been proposed in the State. Similarly, a Polling Station managed by them is being set up at Gangtok district. He also stated that there will be 06 model polling stations.

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