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  • 11:06 AM IST

    Final status
    Source: Election Commission of India

    Sikkim

    Status Known For 1 out of 1 Constituencies

    AC_NO

    AC_NAME

    LEADING_CANDIDATE

    LEADING_PARTY

    TRAILING_CANDIDATE

    TRAILING_PARTY

    MARGIN

    RESULT DECLARED

    28

    Upper burtuk

    D. R. THAPA

    Sikkim Democratic Front

    SURESH KHANAL SHARMA

    Bharatiya Janata Party

    8032

    YES

  • 11:05 AM IST

    Tough luck for Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) as Sikkim Democratic Front claims the Upper Burtuk seat. Tougher luck for Congress.

  • 11:04 AM IST

    SDF’s D.R. Thapa wins

  • 10:25 AM IST

    SDF’s D.R. Thapa leading now with a margin of 8032 votes.

  • 10:19 AM IST

    Congress might have to wait a little longer to consolidate power in Sikkim

  • 10:08 AM IST

    SDF’s D.R. Thapa still leading, as BJP’s Suresh Khanal Sharma trails.

  • 10:03 AM IST

    BJP trailing Sikkim Democratic Front. Will the national party bow down in front of the Sikkim party? The war is on.

  • 9:49 AM IST

    Source: Election Commission of India

    Sikkim

    Status Known For 1 out of 1 Constituencies

    AC_NO

    AC_NAME

    LEADING_CANDIDATE

    LEADING_PARTY

    TRAILING_CANDIDATE

    TRAILING_PARTY

    MARGIN

    RESULT DECLARED

    28

    Upper burtuk

    D. R. THAPA

    Sikkim Democratic Front

    SURESH KHANAL SHARMA

    Bharatiya Janata Party

    5884

    NO

  • 9:48 AM IST

    Sikkim Democratic Front’s Dilli Ram Thapa leading with a margin of 5884 votes.

New Delhi, April 15: Sikkim, Upper Burtuk bye-Election Results 2017 will be declared soon after the counting of votes begin. The counting will begin at 8 am and in a span of a few hours the winner of the Upper Burtuk constituency seat will be declared. The bypolls for the Upper Burtuk constituency was held on April 12 and as per poll officials, voting went peacefully in Sikkim.

The bypoll was necessitated in the constituency after sitting MLA Prem Singh Tamang was disqualified as he was allegedly involved in a case of misappropriation of funds during his tenure as the state minister of Animal Husbandry department in 1996-97. Tamang, who was a leader of Sikkim Krantikari Morcha party was booked by the state vigilance department following which a court convicted him in December 2016.

Incidentally, this is the first time ever in Sikkim that the election was conducted using Voters Verifiable Paper Audit Trail (VVPAT) with the Electronic Voting Machine (EVM).

Election Commission Of India officials on the polling day said that voting went peacefully and the total voter turn out was 69.4 per cent.

16 polling stations have been set up in the constituency and out of that eight were declared as critical. To check any untoward incident during the bye-elections, more than hundred fifty police personnel from Sikkim Armed Force were deployed on April 12 . All India Radio (AIR) also claimed that the Sikkim Armed Force was also deployed to ensure free, fair and peaceful election.

Seven parties are contesting the Upper Burtuk bye-elections. The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) fielded Suresh Khanal Sharma and and the Congress has fielded Sumitra Rai. Apart from them, one more important candidate is Sikkim Democratic Front’s Dilli Ram Thapa.