A day after the Election Commission reduced his disqualification period, Sikkim Chief Minister P.S. Golay on September 30 filed his nomination to contest bypolls from the Poklok-Kamrang Assembly constituency in the State.
The ECI on September 29 reduced Mr. Golay’s disqualification period from six years to one year and one month, making him eligible to contest the bypolls. He was convicted in a corruption case and completed his one-year sentence on August 10, 2018.
“Today was the last day for filing nomination papers and our Chief Minister filed them for contesting from Poklok-Kamrang Assembly seat,” Jacob Khaling, spokesperson of the Sikkim Krantikari Morcha (SKM), told The Hindu.
Mr. Golay, president of the SKM, took oath as Chief Minister on May 27. The constitutional provisions required him to be a member of the Legislative Assembly in six months.
The bypolls for three Assembly seats in Sikkim including Poklok-Kamrang are scheduled on October 21. The other two seats are Gangtok and Martam-Rumte, where the BJP has fielded its candidates, in alliance with the SKM.
The issue of Mr. Golay’s conviction and a six-year period of disqualification for contesting polls had dominated the Sikkim Assembly poll campaign earlier this year. The SKM won 17 out of 32 Assembly seats, ending the 25-year-old rule of Pawan Chamling and his party Sikkim Democratic Front.
In August, 10 SDF MLAs switched sides and joined the BJP, making it the Opposition party in the State Assembly.