GANGTOK, May 23 - The Opposition Sikkim Krantikari Morcha (SKM) has won seven Assembly seats and is leading in four constituencies, while the ruling Sikkim Democratic Front (SDF) has won three and is ahead in six, Election officials said today. Sikkim has 32 Assembly seats.
Chief Minister and SDF supremo Pawan Chamling won the Poklok Kamrang Assembly seat, defeating his nearest Sikkim Krantikari Morcha rival, Kharka Bahadur Rai, by 2,899 votes, they said. He is also contesting the Namchi Singhithang seat from where he is also leading by 289 votes.
Sitting MLA and SKM candidate Sonam Lama won the Sangha Assembly seat, defeating his nearest SDF rival, Tshering Lama, by 618 votes. SKM candidate Lok Nath Sharma won the Gyalshing-Barnyak seat, defeating his nearest SDF rival, Laxuman Sharma, by 1,814 votes.
In the Kabi Lungchuk seat, Karma Loday Bhutia of SKM won by defeating his nearest SDF rival, Ugen Nedup Bhutia, by 1,437 votes.
Mani Kumar Sharma of the SKM won the Khamdong-Singtam seat by defeating his nearest SDF rival, Garjaman Gurung, by 873 seats.
In the Shyari seat, Kunga Nima Lepcha of the SKM won by defeating his nearest SDF rival, Karma Wangdi Bhutia, by 1,356 votes. SDF candidate Gay Tshering Dhungel won the Upper Tadong seat, defeating his nearest SKM rival, Anand Lama, by 416 votes.
In the West Pendam seat, LB Das of the SKM won by defeating his nearest SDF rival, Gopal Baraily, by 898 votes. SKM candidate Sangay Lepcha won the Yoksam-Tashiding seat by only 79 votes, defeating his nearest SDF rival, Dichen Wangchuk Bhutia.
SDF candidate Tashi Thendup Bhutia won the Barfung seat by defeating his nearest SKM rival, Lobzang Bhutia, by 79 votes. The SKM is leading in five seats, while the ruling SDF is ahead in six seats. � PTI