Is Sikkim looking at mid-term Assembly elections?

Gangtok, 01 Feb:

Sikkim could be looking at mid-term Assembly elections given the possibility of 14 Sikkim Democratic Front legislators' disqualification if the Election Commission of India so recommends.

Highly placed sources inform that an SDF legislators meet held on Tuesday evening also discussed the possibility of mid-term elections in the event of disqualification of its 14 legislators whose case is pending with the Election Commission of India.

Mid-term elections are a possibility if the 14 legislators get disqualified and by-polls have to be held for these constituencies. It would be wiser, both financially and politically, if the entire state went to polls at that time since nearly half the constituencies would be having bye-elections.

During the legislators’ meet, SDF chief, Pawan Chamling directed his deputies to strengthen the party at booth and constituency levels in case mid-term elections happen, sources inform.

Of course, all of these speculations hinge on what the ECI recommends to the Governor.

Last week, Governor Shriniwas Patil had sought the Election Commission of India’s counsel on a petition seeking the disqualification of 14 legislators on charges of them holding offices of profit to the.

In January, the ECI had recommended the disqualification of 20 Aam Aadmi Party legislators and the President of India had also given his assent to the same. This has spread some amount uncertainty on what recommendation would come from ECI on the Sikkim Governor’s communiqué on the matter.