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Sikkim: ASGTBA organises special election for its Central Executive Committee

This time, the All Sikkim Gurung (Tamu) Buddhist Association (ASGTBA) is holding a special election for its Central Executive Committee (CEC).

The election committee has earmarked 13 constituencies covering all districts of the State, according to the election arrangement shared with the media today. Members of the Gurung community in each constituency will elect a representative to the ASGTBA’s CEC as an executive member.

Election committee chairman K.B. Gurung said: “This year we have formed constituencies of the association across the State considering the voting population of Gurung community. Polling stations for each constituency have been created where the community members can go and cast their vote.”

The election will take place on December 12 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. in the 13 designated polling stations, with the results being announced on December 13.

There are three constituencies in the south district, five in the west district, four in the east district, and one in the north district.

Those interested in running for office can pick up a nomination form from the ASGTBA election committee office, which is located below Hotel Nagbeli on Paljor Stadium Road.

The nomination paper is priced at Rs. 5,000 and is non-refundable.

A candidate must be at least 30 years old, have a valid SSC/CoI, voter ID, and a NOC from the nearest police station for the previous five years.

K.B. Gurung invited members who are 18 years old or older and have a voter ID card to vote in the ASGTBA election.

The nomination papers will be available from November 29 to 30 during working hours, according to I.K. Gurung, general secretary of the election committee.

He stated that the deadline for submitting nomination papers is December 1, followed by scrutiny on December 2, and withdrawal is December 3.

The elected representatives will form the CEC’s new quorum, which will establish district committees later. The Gurung community in Sikkim has a population of over 50,000 people, according to reports.

The last ASGTBA election was in 2010, and the CEC was elected for a two-year term.
However, due to a number of issues, the election for the new executive body was postponed. J.B. Gurung, vice chairman of the election committee, was also present at the press conference.

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