SDF sees SKM claims of Golay contesting in 2019 as “mockery” of RP Act

Gangtok, 27 July:

Sikkim Democratic Front has stressed that to make statements beyond the Representation of People’s Act has proved the intellectual paucity and political indigence of the Sikkim Krantikari Morcha. This was in reference to the claim of SKM leaders that their president, PS Tamang [Golay], will be able to contest the next elections despite having been convicted and having served jail-time following his conviction under the Prevention of Corruption Act. SDF insists that this conviction and imprisonment debars Mr Tamang from contesting elections for six years.

The ruling party has strongly criticised and condemned what it sees as SKM’s “mockery” of the Representation of People’s Act through such claims.

SDF has reiterated that under the Representation of People’s Act, a person convicted in a corruption case sentenced for more than one year of imprisonment cannot participate in any election for a period of six years from the date of release.

An SDF press release issued by its publicity secretary, Krishna Kharel, states that the SDF has only delivered its on responsibility by taking this truth to the people otherwise SDF has not any concern regarding whether Mr Tamang can contest the election or not.

The release mentions that Mr Tamang was presently serving the imprisonment sentence on the order of the High Court of Sikkim on the PIL no 03/1999 filed by Nuk Tshering Bhutia.

The release contends that the statement of “confused” SKM that Mr Tamang can become the Chief Minister even if he cannot contest the election was “unconstitutional” and “open mockery” of the Representation of People’s Act of the Country.

The SDF party reiterated that PS Golay who is serving one year imprisonment cannot contest upcoming two elections in 2019 and 2024 as per the law. The release expressed that after a serious study of the section 8 of the Representation of People’s Act 1951 the SDF party has taken the correct information and facts to the people.