NEW DELHI/GANGTOK: The counting for 32 Assembly seats in Sikkim and 57 out of 60 Assembly seats in Arunachal Pradesh started on Thursday. A total of 150 candidates were in the fray in Sikkim. The polling was held at 567 polling stations spread over four districts in Sikkim.
The prominent candidates in Sikkim were Sikkim Democratic Front (SDF) president and chief minister Pawan Kumar Chamling, who was seeking a record eighth successive term as an MLA and is contesting from two assembly seats - Poklok-Kamrang and Namchi-Singhithang. Hamro Sikkim Party (HSP) working president and former footballer Bhaichung Bhutia has entered into the fray from two assembly seats as well, including Gangtok, reserved seat for the indigenous Bhutia-Lepcha communities. Of the 567 polling stations in Sikkim, 120 were identified as critical polling stations and were manned by the Centre Para Military forces.
In Arunachal Pradesh, a total of over 7 lakh voters exercised their franchise for 2019 Assembly election. Altogether 181 candidates including 11 women were in the fray for 57 assembly constituencies out of total 60 seats in the state. The BJP had fielded candidates in 57 Assembly seats while Congress was contesting in 46 seats, the NPP in 30 seats, JDU in 15 constituencies, JDS (12), PPA (9) and one from the All India Party (AIP). There were also 11 Independent in the fray for the Assembly polls in the state. The state had 281 vulnerable polling booths and 662 critical polling stations where security personnel were deployed. For the first time, Voter Verifiable Paper Audit Trail (VVPAT) was used along with electronic voting machines in all the polling stations.
Interestingly, the ruling BJP had already opened its account in the assembly poll by winning three seats unopposed. The winners are Kento Jini from Along East constituency in West Siang district, Taba Tedir from Yachuli seat in Lower Subansiri district and Phurpa Tsering from Dirang seat in West Kameng district.
In Sikkim, the main contest was between Chamling's SDF and Sikkim Kranti Morcha (SKM) led by PS Golay, while in Arunachal Pradesh, the main contest was between BJP, Congress, and Conrad Sangma led National People’s Party (NPP), People’ party of Arunachal Pradesh (PPA) and Janata Dal (Secular).
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# BJP wins 33 seats, leads on two, JD(U) wins 7 seats, Congress wins 4 seats in Arunachal Pradesh.
# Sikkim Democratic Front won 15 seats and Sikkim Krantikari Morcha won 17 seats, out of total 32 assembly constituency seats.
# BJP wins 31 seats, leads on three, Congress wins 4 seats, JD(U) wins 7 seats, leads on 1, National People's Party wins 3, leads on two, People's Party of Arunachal wins on 1 seat in Arunachal
# BJP wins 11 seats, leading on 15, JD(U) wins three, leading on 1, Congress wins 2 seats, JD(S) leading on1 seats in Arunachal Pradesh
# Sikkim Democratic Front wins five seats, leading on five, Sikkim Krantikari Morcha wins 8 seats, leading on three.
# Sikkim Democratic Front wins 3 seats, leading on six, Sikkim Krantikari Morcha wins 8 seats, leading on four, Independent leading on 1 seat in Sikkim.
# BJP wins 12 seats, leading on 11, Independent wins 1, leading on 1, Congress wins 1, leading on 1, JD(U) wins 2, leading on 2 and People's Party of Arunachal is leading on 1 seat in Arunachal Pradesh.
# BJP is leading on 21 seats, JD(U) on 3 seats, Congress two seats and JD(S) on one seats in Arunachal Pradesh.
# Sikkim Krantikari Morcha wins three seats and is leading on six seats. Sikkim Democratic Front is leading on four seats.
# BJP wins 6 seats, leading on 11, Independent and JD(U) win one seat each and are leading on one and three seats respectively in Arunachal Pradesh.
# SDF leads on 16 seats, SKM on 7 seats in Sikkim as counting continues. Incumbent CM Pawan Kumar Chamling is leading from Namchi-Singhithang seat by a margin of about 1,000 votes. Chamling is also leading from Poklok-Kamrang.
# BJP leading on 10 seats, Congress, JD(U) and independent leading on one each in Arunachal Pradesh.
# BJP leads in 10 seats, JD(U) in one and independent is leading in one seat in Arunachal Pradesh.
# Sikkim Krantikari Morcha leading in five seats and Sikkim Democratic Front is leading on two seats.
# Sikkim Democratic leading on one seat, Sikkim Krantikari Morcha leading on two seats
# Bharatiya Janata Party leading on 7 seats, according to EC official trends.