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Lok Sabha Elections 2014: Moderate voting in Sikkim

Saturday, 12 April 2014 - 12:17pm IST | Place: Gangtok | Agency: IANS

Moderate voting was seen in Sikkim for the state's lone Lok Sabha seat on Saturday, an official said, adding around 12% of the electorate had voted in the first two hours.

"Till 9 am, we recorded 12% voting," an official of the chief electoral office said.

The official said the voter turnout was enthusiastic in most of the 538 polling stations and that it is expected to pick up as the day progresses.

A Sikkim has an electorate of 362,326, of whom 175,549 or 48.45%, are women.

As many as 3,228 poll officials have been deployed.

Six candidates are in the fray. Sitting MP Prem Das Rai of the Sikkim Democratic Front is re-contesting, while Akar Dhoj Limbu (Congress), Nar Bahadur Khatiwara (Bharatiya Janata Party) and Kaushal Rai (Aam Aadmi Party) are hoping to give him a fight.

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