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Delimitation has changed electoral map of Sikkim

The delimitation exercise has changed the electoral map of Sikkim to such an extent about 80 per cent of the assembly constituencies have been partially or totally altered which prompted the political parties to put up new set of candidates.

india Updated: Apr 28, 2009 14:34 IST

The delimitation exercise has changed the electoral map of Sikkim to such an extent about 80 per cent of the assembly constituencies have been partially or totally altered which prompted the political parties to put up new set of candidates.

Only five assembly constituencies - Rhenock, Rinchengpong, Melli, Shyari and Dzongu - emerged almost unscathed in the delimitation process held three years ago.

West Sikkim, which has eight assembly constituencies, has been most affected in the delimitation with seven of them getting a new terrorial identity, while three of these constituencies were reserved for Bhutia-Lepcha (BL) another for the Scheduled Castes (SC) as against two reserved constituenceis for BL in 2004 assembly polls.

The South Sikkim too has been affected by the delimitation process with seven of its constituencies bearing a new territorial identity with the SDF President and the Chief Minister Pawan Kumar Chamling, who had won five times from Damthang assembly constituency, forced to search for new seat.

Apparently unnerved by the impact of the delimitation, he is contesting from Poklok-Kamrang and Namchi-Singhitang constituencices.