In Sikkim, there is an assembly constituency that doesn’t exist on the map. It has no geographical boundaries to explain its exact location. With a little as much as 2800 voters, the 32-Sangha Assembly seat is spread across Sikkim.
Every person of the monastic Sangha community residing across the Himalayan state can vote for the seat of “virtual” assembly.
Election officials informs that the assembly constituency is reserved for monks of the Sangha community, and those whose names figure in the records of 111 recognized monasteries in Sikkim and can either fight the elections or vote- “to preserve the distinct identity of Sangha”, said that state’s Chief Electoral Officer on its official website.
The voters of this North-East state will vote simultaneously for both State and National Elections in a single round on April 11.
The Chief Electoral Officer of Sikkim said that “the Buddhist clergy in Sikkim takes an annual break from the routine ritualistic chanting of prayers and turning of prayer wheels to elect their own representative to 32 Sangha assembly constituency.”
“There are a total of 2,881 Sangha voters which includes both monks and anis (nuns) from the state’s 111 recognized monasteries,” informed the website.
The Sangha Community voters will be offered separate EVMs.
Sikkim Democratic Front (SDF) Chief and Sikkim Chief Minister Pawan Kumar Chamling are also the longest-serving Chief Minister in India, is seeking for re-election from Poklok-Kamrang seats and Namchi-Singithang in Sikkim (South).
68-year-old CM Chamling came to power in December 1994, will contest to retain office for an 8 successive term.