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Assembly Election 2024 highlights: Voter turnouts near 65% in Sikkim, Arunachal Pradesh

Assembly Election 2024 highlights: Polling in Arunachal and Sikkim were being held simultaneously with the 1st phase of the Lok Sabha elections.
Assembly Election 2024 highlights: People wait to cast their votes for Lok Sabha elections, at Gyalshing Bazer West Sikkim under Gyalshing Bermiok AC on April 19.
Assembly Election 2024 highlights: People wait to cast their votes for Lok Sabha elections, at Gyalshing Bazer West Sikkim under Gyalshing Bermiok AC on April 19.

Assembly Election 2024 highlights: Voting for the 92 assembly seats in the state elections in Arunachal Pradesh and Sikkim concluded today. Polling began at 7 am and ended at 6 pm, according to the Election Commission of India. The results will be announced on June 2. Full 2024 Lok Sabha election coverage here. ...Read More

The voting for the 60-member Assembly seats in Arunachal and 32 seats in Sikkim were being held simultaneously with the first phase of the Lok Sabha elections. While Arunachal voted for two Lok Sabha seats, Sikkim casted votes for its lone parliamentary seat. Follow Lok Sabha Election 2024 Voting LIVE here.

In Arunachal Pradesh, where infrastructure and border area development are seen as major poll issues, 8,92,694 voters marked the fates of 133 candidates contesting in the 50 assembly seats and 14 in the two Lok Sabha seats.

Union minister Kiren Rijiju is contesting against former Congress chief minister Nabam Tuki in Arunachal West Lok Sabha seat.

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In Sikkim, chief minister and SKM supremo Prem Singh Tamang, former CM and SDF chief Pawan Kumar Chamling were among the 146 candidates in fray for the assembly seats. An estimated 4.64 lakh electorate, comprising 2,32,381 male voters and 2,31,545 female were eligible to exercise their franchise in the state.

More on the Assembly elections:

  • Chief Election Commissioner Rajiv Kumar on Thursday issued an appeal to voters to exercise their democratic rights.
  • Reminding the significance of each vote, Kumar said that there have been instances when one vote has mattered in a critical contest.
  • "In the last two years, the Election Commission and its employees have worked hard to ensure a peaceful and simple voting experience. I would like to appeal to all to cast their vote," he said in a video message.
  • Besides Arunachal Pradesh and Sikkim, assembly elections will also held in Odisha (in the fourth phase). Check full election schedule here.
  • The polling on Friday will kick off the world’s largest democratic exercise that will span the next six weeks and see nearly a billion citizens exercise their franchise.
  • In terms of span, this will be the longest general election since India’s maiden Lok Sabha polls which lasted four months – from October 1951 to February 1952.

Follow all the updates here:
Apr 19, 2024 10:46 PM IST

Assembly Election 2024 LIVE: PM Modi thanks voters for ‘great response’ in first phase

Assembly Election 2024 LIVE: Prime Minister Narendra Modi expressed gratitude to all the voters across the country for casting their votes in the first phase of the Lok Sabha elections on Friday and said that it is evident that the people across India are voting for the Bharatiya Janata Party-led NDA in record numbers. "First phase, great response! Thank you to all those who have voted today. Getting EXCELLENT feedback from today's voting. It's clear that people across India are voting for the NDA in record numbers," posted the Prime Minister on X.

Apr 19, 2024 9:05 PM IST

Assembly Election 2024 LIVE: Few reports of violence in Arunachal Pradesh

Assembly Election 2024 LIVE: Amid reports of violence from a few districts in Arunachal Pradesh, over 65 per cent of 8.92 lakh electors cast their votes till 5pm in the northeastern state where polling for two Lok Sabha seats and 50 assembly constituencies was held, EC data showed.

Apr 19, 2024 8:42 PM IST

Assembly Election 2024 LIVE:  Peaceful voting concluded in Sikkim

Assembly Election 2024 LIVE: An estimated 67.95% of the 4.64 lakh voters exercised their franchise in the peaceful polling for the 32-member assembly in Sikkim on Friday, officials reported. For the lone Lok Sabha seat, the turnout slightly exceeded 68%. This turnout was 10% lower than the 78.63% recorded in the 2019 assembly polls. Similarly, the voting percentage for the lone Lok Sabha seat was 68.06%, down from 81.41% in 2019.

Apr 19, 2024 7:26 PM IST

Assembly Election 2024 LIVE: Arunachal sees 64% voter turnout by 5pm

Assembly Election 2024 LIVE: Arunachal Pradesh witnessed a turnout of over 64 percent among its total 8,92,694 eligible voters. Despite moderate turnout in the morning due to inclement weather, voter participation gained momentum as weather conditions improved.

Apr 19, 2024 6:18 PM IST

Assembly Election 2024 LIVE: Former Sikkim CM Pawan Chamling casts his vote in Namchi

Assembly Election 2024 LIVE: Former Sikkim chief minister Pawan Chamling participated in the first phase of the Lok Sabha elections by casting his vote at a polling booth in Namchi, Sikkim, on Friday.

Apr 19, 2024 5:53 PM IST

Assembly Election 2024 LIVE: What is the voter turnout percentage till 5pm?

Assembly Election 2024 LIVE: 63.27% of registered voters turned out to vote in Arunachal Pradesh by 3pm, EC data showed. In Sikkim, the figure was 68.06%.

Apr 19, 2024 5:26 PM IST

Assembly Election 2024 LIVE: Sikkim votes amid tight security

Assembly Election 2024 LIVE: Sikkim chief electoral officer D Anandan said that there are 573 polling stations currently active, with 88 situated in urban areas and 485 in rural areas. Additionally, Anandan mentioned that thirteen companies of CAPF have been deployed in Sikkim, comprising five companies from ITBP and eight from SSB.

Apr 19, 2024 4:31 PM IST

Assembly Election 2024 LIVE: Voter turnouts cross 50%

Assembly Election 2024 LIVE: 53% of registered voters turned out to vote in Arunachal Pradesh by 3pm, EC data showed. In Sikkim, the figure was 52%.

Apr 19, 2024 3:58 PM IST

Assembly Election 2024 LIVE: Sikkim CM casts his vote

Assembly Election 2024 LIVE: Sikkim chief minister Prem Singh Tamang, leading the ruling Sikkim Krantikari Morcha (SKM) in their pursuit of a second term, exercised his voting right in his hometown of Soreng district. Tamang is contesting from the Soreng-Chakung assembly constituency. Tamang is also contesting from the Rhenock assembly seat in addition to the Soreng-Chakung assembly constituency.

Apr 19, 2024 3:15 PM IST

Assembly Election 2024 LIVE: Bhaichung Bhutia casts his vote in his native village

Assembly Election 2024 LIVE: Former India Football captain and Sikkim Democratic Front vice president Bhaichung Bhutia, contesting from the Barfung (BL) assembly seat, cast his vote in his native Sanganath village in Namchi district.

Apr 19, 2024 2:58 PM IST

Assembly Election 2024 LIVE: What is voters turnout in Sikkim?

Assembly Election 2024 LIVE: By 1 pm, over 36.75% of Sikkim's 4.64 lakh voters cast their ballots for 32 Assembly seats and the lone Lok Sabha constituency, an official reported. Voting commenced at 7 am and will conclude at 5 pm. The polling stations, totaling 573, include 88 in urban and 485 in rural areas, according to Sikkim Chief Electoral Officer D Anandan.

Apr 19, 2024 2:34 PM IST

Assembly Election 2024 LIVE: Guv, CM, union minister cast their vote in Arunachal

Assembly Election 2024 LIVE: Union Earth Science minister Kiren Rijiju, chief minister Pema Khandu and deputy CM Chowna Mein were among the early voters in the northeastern state. 

Rijiju voted in his village Nafra in the newly created Bichom district, while Khandu cast his vote at the government secondary school in Bomba, where he attended school, in the Mukto constituency of Tawang district. 

Mein exercised his franchise at Chowkham. 

Governor Lt Gen (Retd) K T Parnaik and his wife Anagha Parnaik also cast their votes at polling station 1 at P Sector Government Secondary School.

Apr 19, 2024 2:26 PM IST

Assembly Election 2024 LIVE: Why are polling being held only for 50 of 60 Arunachal seats?

Assembly Election 2024 LIVE: In Arunachal Pradesh elections are ongoing for two Lok Sabha seats and 50 assembly constituencies. The ruling BJP has secured ten seats in the 60-member assembly uncontested.

Apr 19, 2024 1:32 PM IST

Assembly Election 2024 LIVE: Voter turnout till 1 pm

Arunachal Pradesh has recorded a voter turnout of 36.5% voter turnout till 1 pm. Similarly, a voter turnout of 36.8% has been recorded in Sikkim, data from the Election Commission shows.

Apr 19, 2024 1:10 PM IST

Assembly Election 2024 LIVE: Last poll results in Sikkim

Sikkim Election 2024 Live: In Sikkim, the Sikkim Krantikari Morcha (SKM) formed the government in 2019 as it won 17 of 32 seats. The Sikkim Democratic Front (SDF) won 15 seats.

Apr 19, 2024 12:44 PM IST

Assembly Election 2024 LIVE: Who won the last elections in Arunachal Pradesh?

Arunachal Pradesh Election 2024 LIVE: The BJP retained power in Arunachal Pradesh in 2019, winning 41 of the 60 seats. The Janata Dal (United) got seven, the National People’s Party (NPP) five, Congress four, and the Peoples Party of Arunachal Pradesh one seat.

Apr 19, 2024 12:20 PM IST

Assembly Election 2024 LIVE: Kiren Rijiju casts his vote in his native village

Sharing a video on X, Union minister Kiren Rijiju said that he voted at his native village Nafra in Arunachal Pradesh.

"The Lok Sabha Elections 2024   1st phase begins in 102 constituencies all across the country. Please exercise your most 'valuable voting' right for India's healthy & vibrant democracy," he says.

Apr 19, 2024 11:58 AM IST

Assembly Election 2024 LIVE: Arunachal records 19.46% voter turnout; Sikkim 21.20%

Arunachal Pradesh on Friday recorded 19.46% voter turnout till 11 am. Similarly, a voter turnout of 21.20% has been recorded in Sikkim, data from the Election Commission shows. 

Apr 19, 2024 11:17 AM IST

Assembly Election 2024 LIVE: Incident of stone pelting reported in Arunachal

An incident of stone pelting was reported between two political parties at Niausa village in Arunachal Pradesh's Longding district. 

A police team rushed to the spot and dispersed the crowd.  The police have also refuted rumours of shots being fired in the incident.

Apr 19, 2024 10:58 AM IST

Assembly Election 2024 LIVE: BJP president urges people to vote 

BJP president JP Nadda is urging voters to cast their franchise in the Lok Sabha and state Assembly elections. 

“Your every vote is going to be against corruption, against 'parivarvad' and appeasement...We know that your every vote will strengthen the villages, empower women, give wings to the aspirations of the youth and contribute to the farmers moving forward with dignity,” he tells ANI. 

He adds: “I also want to say that your vote will fulfil the resolve of a safe India, a prosperous India and a developed India and for this, it is necessary for all of you to vote and ensure your participation in this election.”

Apr 19, 2024 10:39 AM IST

Assembly Election 2024 LIVE: Sikkim CM casts his vote

Sikkim CM Prem Singh Tamang cast his vote for the 2024 Lok Sabha elections and state Assembly elections at a polling station in Gangtok, reports ANI. See the video.

Apr 19, 2024 10:25 AM IST

Assembly Election 2024 LIVE: Google Doodle celebrates India's polls

Google Doodle commemorated the commencement of voting for the Lok Sabha election 2024 in India by depicting an index finger marked with ink. This symbolic representation signifies the ongoing voting process in the country as the first phase of the general election gets underway. Know more.

Apr 19, 2024 9:53 AM IST

Assembly Election 2024 LIVE: Voter turnout till 9 am

Nearly 8% voter turnout recorded in Sikkim till 9 am, 6.63% in Arunachal Pradesh, data from the Election Commission shows.

Apr 19, 2024 9:32 AM IST

Assembly Election 2024 LIVE: CM Pema Khandu casts his vote

Arunachal Pradesh CM Pema Khandu cast his vote for the 2024 Lok Sabha elections and state Assembly elections at a polling station in Tawang, reports ANI. 

Apr 19, 2024 9:21 AM IST

Assembly Election 2024 LIVE: How will the Northeast vote?

With a total population of over 50 million, the eight states comprising Assam, Arunachal Pradesh, Meghalaya, Tripura, Manipur, Nagaland, Mizoram and Sikkim have collectively over 30 million voters eligible to vote in the upcoming general election. Excluding the 14 seats from Assam alone, the rest of the seven states together have a tally of 11 seats in the Lok Sabha. 

Out of these, the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) secured a total of 14 seats across the region in the previous polls held in 2019 that elected the 17th Lok Sabha. The Indian National Congress (INC) came out as the second largest party having secured 4 seats. However, one needs to keep in mind that many of the regional parties that shared the remaining seats between them, were part of the North-East Democratic Alliance (NEDA) formed by BJP in 2016. Read on.

Apr 19, 2024 9:05 AM IST

Assembly Election 2024 LIVE: What is at stake in today's voting?

The 2024 Lok Sabha elections kick off on April 19 with the first and largest among the seven phases of polling across 102 parliamentary constituencies (PCs) in 17 states and four Union territories (UTs). Here is what the contest entails. Know more.

Apr 19, 2024 8:41 AM IST

Assembly Election 2024 LIVE: Elaborate security arrangements in Arunachal

Polling for the two Lok Sabha seats and 50 assembly constituencies began in Arunachal Pradesh earlier today amidst a massive security blanket, reports PTI.

Elaborate security arrangements have been made to conduct peaceful polling in the state with deployment of 70 companies of central armed police forces (CAPF), including India Reserve Battalion, and state police personnel, state Chief Electoral Officer (CEO) Pawan Kumar Sain said.

Apr 19, 2024 8:21 AM IST

Assembly Election 2024 LIVE: Rahul Gandhi issues appeal to voters

In an appeal to voters, Congress leader Rahul Gandhi says that every vote is going to decide the future of Indian democracy and coming generations.

"Today is the first phase of voting! Remember, each and every vote of yours is going to decide the future of India's democracy and its generations," Gandhi said in a post in Hindi on 'X'. "Go out and strengthen democracy by applying the balm of your vote on the wounds inflicted on the soul of the country in the last 10 years," he said.

Apr 19, 2024 8:04 AM IST

Assembly Election 2024 LIVE: Voting underway in 92 constituencies in both states

Polling is underway for the 92 assembly seats in Arunachal Pradesh and Sikkim. Voting began at 7 am. 

Apr 19, 2024 7:36 AM IST

Assembly Election 2024 LIVE: Home minister Amit Shah issues appeal to voters

Union home minister Amit Shah writes on X:  "It is an important day today, as the first phase of voting is taking place in the country. I appeal to all the voters who are voting in this phase to vote in large numbers because every vote of yours has the power to create a secure, developed, and self-reliant India. Your vote is not only meant to determine the fate of a Lok Sabha or a candidate but also to shape a bright future for India..."

Apr 19, 2024 7:19 AM IST

Assembly Election 2024 LIVE: How EVMs came into being

Elections are the heartbeat of a democracy. When India became independent, sceptics thought a poor and illiterate nation would fail to keep democracy alive. Academics have highlighted that democracies survive in wealthy societies.

India broke this trend. Of all the countries that became decolonised, only a handful remained democratic. Six are small nation/island states: Mauritius, Belize, Jamaica, Papua New Guinea, Solomon Islands and Vanuatu. India is the only outlier which has remained steadfast on the course of democracy, apart from the 18-month Emergency period in the 1970s. Read on.

Apr 19, 2024 7:07 AM IST

Assembly Election 2024 LIVE: PM Modi urges voters to exercise their franchise in record numbers

Prime Minister Narendra Modi has urged voters to exercise their franchise in record numbers.

“The 2024 Lok Sabha elections commence today! As 102 seats across 21 States and UTs go to the polls, I urge all those voting in these seats to exercise their franchise in record numbers," Modi wrote on X. “I particularly call upon the young and first-time voters to vote in large numbers. After all, every vote counts and every voice matters!”

Apr 19, 2024 7:03 AM IST

Assembly Election 2024 LIVE: Voting begins

The voting for the 60-member Assembly seats in Arunachal and 32 seats in Sikkim has commenced.

Apr 19, 2024 6:49 AM IST

Assembly Election 2024 LIVE: Polling preparations underway

Polling preparations are underway in polling booth in Arunachal Pradesh and Sikkim.

The voting for the 60-member Assembly seats in Arunachal and 32 seats in Sikkim are being held simultaneously with the first phase of the Lok Sabha elections.

Apr 19, 2024 6:41 AM IST

Assembly Election 2024 LIVE: CEC issues appeal

Chief Election Commissioner Rajiv Kumar on Thursday issued an appeal to voters to exercise their democratic rights. He also reminded voters of the significance of each vote.

"In the last two years, the Election Commission and its employees have worked hard to ensure a peaceful and simple voting experience. I would like to appeal to all to cast their vote," he said in a video message.

Apr 19, 2024 6:31 AM IST

Assembly Election 2024 LIVE: 146 candidate in fray in Sikkim

In Sikkim, chief minister and SKM supremo Prem Singh Tamang, former CM and SDF chief Pawan Kumar Chamling are among the 146 candidates in fray for the assembly seats.

Apr 19, 2024 6:31 AM IST

Assembly Election 2024 LIVE: Over 8 lakh voters to decide fate of 133 candidates in Arunachal Pradesh

In Arunachal Pradesh, where infrastructure and border area development are seen as major poll issues, 8,92,694 voters will decide the fates of 133 candidates contesting in the 50 assembly seats and 14 in the two Lok Sabha seats.

Apr 19, 2024 6:30 AM IST

Assembly Election 2024 live: Polling to begin at 7 am

Polling will begin at 7 am and end at 6 pm, according to the Election Commission of India. The results will be announced on June 2.

Apr 19, 2024 6:15 AM IST

Assembly Election 2024 live: Voting in Sikkim, Arunachal Pradesh today

Voting for the 92 assembly seats in the state elections in Arunachal Pradesh and Sikkim will begin today. 

The voting for the 60-member Assembly seats in Arunachal and 32 seats in Sikkim are being held simultaneously with the first phase of the Lok Sabha elections.

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