1967 Sikkimese general election

General elections were held in Sikkim in March 1967, having been due earlier but postponed after a state of emergency was declared following the Sino-Indian War.[1] The Sikkim National Congress emerged as the largest single party, winning eight of the 24 seats.[1] Although the Sikkim National Party won only five seats, its parliamentary faction was joined by three others (one each from the Tsong (Limbu), Sangha and scheduled caste reserved seats).[1]

1967 Sikkimese general election

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18 seats in the Sikkim State Council
  Majority party Minority party Third party
  Indian Election Symbol Lader.svg Swastika right-facing.svg
Party SNC SNP SSC
Last election NA 6 7
Seats won 8 5 2

Electoral systemEdit

The State Council was established in 1953 by the Chogyal.[2] It originally had 18 members, of which 12 were elected and six (including the President) appointed by the Chogyal.[2] Of the 12 elected members, six were for the Nepali community and six for the Bhutia-Lepcha community.[2] For the 1958 elections the number of seats was increased to 20 by adding one seat for the Sangha and an additional appointed member.[2] In 1966, a further four seats had been added; one each for the Nepali and Lepcha/Bhutia communities, together with one for the Tsong (Limbu)[3] and a scheduled caste seat.[1]

Candidates for election to the Council had to be at least 30 years old, whilst the voting age was set at 21.[1]

ResultsEdit

PartySeats+/–
Sikkim National Congress8New
Sikkim National Party5–1
Sikkim State Congress2–5
Others3+3
Appointed members6–1
Total24+4
Source: Hamlet Bareh

Constituency-wiseEdit

# Constituency Reservation Name Party
1 Gangtok Bhutia-Lepcha R. Namgyal Sikkim National Congress
2 Sikkimese Nepali Chatur Singh Rai Sikkim National Congress
3 East Bhutia-Lepcha Netuk Bhutia Sikkim National Party
4 Nima Tenzing Sikkim National Party
5 Sikkimese Nepali Nahakul Pradhan Sikkim State Congress
6 South Bhutia-Lepcha Nayan Tsering Lepcha Sikkim National Party
7 Sikkimese Nepali Garjaman Gurung Sikkim National Congress
8 Thakur Singh Rai Sikkim National Congress
9 West Bhutia-Lepcha Ongden Lepcha Sikkim National Congress
10 Sikkimese Nepali Bhim Bahadur Gurung Sikkim National Congress
11 Premlall Tiwari Sikkim National Congress
12 North Bhutia-Lepcha Martam Topden Sikkim National Party
13 Pawo Tensung Bhutia Sikkim National Party
14 Sikkimese Nepali Jitbahadur Lama Sikkim State Congress
15 General None Lendhup Dorji Khangsarpa Sikkim National Congress
16 Sangha Pema Lama Independent
17 Tsong Harka Dhoj Tsong[3][4][5] Independent
18 SC Purna Bahadur Khati[4][5] Independent
Source: Sikkim Darbar Gazette[6]

Appointed membersEdit

In addition to the elected members, six members were appointed to the Sikkim State Council by the Chogyal, which included R. N. Haldipur (Dewan of Sikkim and President of the Council), M. M. Rasailly, Hon. Lt. P. B. Basnet, Sonam Wangyal, I. B. Gurung, and Sangey Tempo.[4]

Executive CouncilEdit

From the elected members, the following were appointed as members of the Executive Council, by the Chogyal:[7]

# Name Role
1 Netuk Tsering Executive Councillor
2 Bhim Bahadur Gurung Executive Councillor
3 Nahakul Pradhan Executive Councillor
4 Nayan Tsering Deputy Executive Councillor
5 Nima Tsering Deputy Executive Councillor
6 Thakur Singh Rai[8] Deputy Executive Councillor

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ a b c d e Hamlet Bareh (2001) Encyclopaedia of North-East India: Sikkim Mittal Publications, p17
  2. ^ a b c d Bareh, p16
  3. ^ a b Buddhi L. Khamdhak (1 December 2019). "The Tsongs (Limbus) Down the Ages in Sikkim" (PDF). Journal of Global Literacies, Technologies, and Emerging Pedagogies. 5 (2). Retrieved 3 February 2021. The Sikkimi Tsongs, Limbus or Yakthungs, are the Indigenous inhabitants of Sikkim. They are also commonly called 'Tsong' by the Bhutias and Lepchas in Sikkim
  4. ^ a b c "Council Meeting Book". 21 December 1967. p. 2. Retrieved 22 June 2021.
  5. ^ a b Election Committee (17 January 1967). "List of people who filed nomination papers". p. 158. Retrieved 24 June 2021.
  6. ^ "Sikkim Darbar Gazette - Declaration of the Results of Election, 1967". 8 April 1967. pp. 67–68. Retrieved 16 June 2021.
  7. ^ "Documents regarding the election results and proceedings of Executive Council". 31 May 1967. p. 20. Retrieved 16 June 2021.
  8. ^ "Documents regarding the election results and proceedings of Executive Council". 9 July 1967. p. 25. Retrieved 16 June 2021.