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Sikkim urban bodies polls on March 31

GANGTOK: The State Election Commission on Thursday announced that elections to 51 municipal wards and nagar panchayats, will be held on March 31.

For inviting nomination papers, the notification will be issued on 1st March, while the last date for filing nomination is 8th March 2021.

The date for scrutiny of nomination will take place on March 9 and the last date for withdrawal of candidature will be March 13. The code of conduct will be enforced from March 1, 2021, after the issuance of final notification.

Polls will be held for 19 wards in Gangtok Municipal Corporation, 5 in Singtam nagar panchayat, 5 in Jorethang nagar panchayat, 5 in Rangpo nagar panchayat, 7 in Namchi nagar panchayat, 5 in Geyzing nagar panchayat, and 5 in Mangan nagar panchayat.
The counting of votes is scheduled for April 3.

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Last time, the Himalayan state went to the municipal polls in 2015 while the panchayat polls were held in 2017.

The tenure of municipal bodies in Sikkim had ended on October 16, 2020, however, the election was delayed due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

For all urban bodies to look after day-to-day functioning during the interim period, administrators have been appointed by the state government.

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