SDF wave hits Sikkim, majority of opponents lose deposits

May 18th, 2009 - 1:58 pm ICT by IANS  

Gangtok, May 18 (IANS) With Chief Minister Pawan Chamling’s Sikkim Democratic Front (SDF) sweeping the elections, over 64 percent of assembly poll nominees and 70 percent of the candidates for the state’s lone Lok Sabha seat have lost their deposits.
The SDF wrested all 32 assembly constituencies and the Lok Sabha seat in the results declared Saturday.

In all, 106 of the 167 assembly poll candidates and five of the seven candidates for the Lok Sabha seat lost their deposits. As a result, Rs.53,000 were added to the Election Commission’s kitty.

Under Section 34(1)(a) of the Representation of Peoples Act, 1951, every candidate is required to make a security deposit of Rs.10,000 for the Lok Sabha election and Rs.5,000 for the assembly poll. Those who fail to secure more than a sixth of the total votes polled in the constituency forfeit their deposits.

By himself, Chamling ensured that 10 politicians lost their security deposits. The chief minister, who fought the assembly polls from Poklok-Kamrang and Namchi-Singhithang, bagged over 80 percent of the votes in both constituencies.

Except the 32 SDF candidates who won the assembly polls, only 28 Congress nominees and Nima Wangchuk of the Sikkim Himali Rajya Parishad Party (SHRPP) managed to save their money.

Of the seven Lok Sabha nominees, the winner P.D. Rai and K.N. Upreti of the Congress were the only ones who didn’t have to forefeit their deposits.

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