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On the Electoral Process

Two highlights of the 2009 Lok Sabha election were that it was held following a fresh delimitation of constituencies and that it involved the use of photo electoral rolls. A great many professed faith in the necessity of elections and the value of their vote, but many also expressed distrust of their elected representatives and supported the idea of being governed by experts not answerable to elected representatives. This dichotomy could be an expression of voters' frustration but nevertheless is a cause for concern.

Sikkim : Pro-incumbency Factor

The elections saw a repeat of the familiar pattern of a strong personality factor and the dominance of a single party in the state. They were also a reiteration of the reality that national parties have little hold in Sikkim politics. By sweeping the assembly elections, and winning the lone Lok Sabha seat, the Sikkim Democratic Front, led by Pawan Kumar Chamling, gained from the positive attitude of the voters towards his government.

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