83 Zilla and 630 Ward nominations pass scrutiny in West while 568 nominations pass scrutiny in East

Gyalshing, 12 Oct [IPR]:

The election officials of West Sikkim today announced the scrutiny results of the district.

Out of 738 nominations filed by the candidates from different BACs, 25 were rejected on official grounds.

Similarly, for the 31 Zilla Panchayat Territorial Constituencies in the district, 85 nominations were filed by the candidates out of which 83 nominations have been accepted while 02 candidates were rejected due to absence of proper caste certificate.

For the Ward Level out of 653 nominations, 23 were rejected on various official grounds while the remaining 630 nominations have been accepted by the election officials.

The scrutiny of nomination papers of candidates for the General Election to Zilla Panchayat/Gram Panchayat of East District was conducted by Returning Officer cum District Collector, East on 11 Oct in the presence of Observer, Rinzing Chewang Bhutia, who is also the Special Secretary of Land Revenue & Disaster Management Department, Government of Sikkim.

The scrutiny process commenced at 11 a.m. and the nomination papers of 87 candidates contesting for the Zilla Panchayat Territorial Constituencies and 498 candidates contesting for Gram Panchayat Units were scrutinized. Scrutiny of five nomination papers were adjourned for hearing on 12 Oct as objections were raised in those cases.

At the end of the scrutiny of the nomination papers, total of seven nominations were rejected. Election to six Territorial Constituencies and 146 Gram Panchayat Wards will be uncontested.

The last date for withdrawal of candidature is 13 Oct. The allotment of symbol to the contesting candidates will be done on the same day 3 pm onwards. Following the allotment of symbols to the candidates, a meeting of the contesting candidates to Zilla Panchayat/Gram Panchayat with the Returning Officer and Assistant Returning Officer, respectively, has been schedule at 4 pm of 13 Oct at District Administrative Centre in Sichey.

The contesting candidates are also requested to bring two passport size photographs for issuing their identity cards.