Himachal Pradesh to go to polls on 9th November in single phase; Poll schedule for Gujarat Assembly to be announced later

Himachal Pradesh will go to polls on 9th of next month in a single phase. Announcing the poll schedule in New Delhi, Chief Election Commissioner A K Joti said, the notification for the Assembly polls will be issued on 16th of this month and last date for nomination is 23rd October. He said, counting of votes will take place on 18th December. He said, model code of conduct for the Himalayan state has come into force with immediate effect.

Mr Joti said, Electronic Voting Machines with VVPAT will be used in all the constituencies and voters will be able to see to whom they have cast their votes. The CEC said, Election Commission has made elaborate arrangement for conduct of free and fair polls.

Mr Joti said, Seven thousand five hundred twenty one polling booths will be set up for voting in 68 assembly constituencies. The term of Himachal Pradesh Assembly is ending on 7th January next year.

Replying to a media query on Gujarat Assembly elections, the Chief Election Commissioner said, the poll schedule will be announced later. He said, the poll schedule was not announced today due to the existing rules on time limit for holding elections that is 46 days. However Mr Joti said, the election procedure in Gujarat will be completed before 18th December.

Gujarat assembly is completing its term on 22nd January.