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.