February 22, 2018

Himachal Pradesh assembly elections to be held on November 9

12 October 2017, 03:02 | Opal Carroll

EC to announce poll dates for Gujarat and Himachal Pradesh assembly election today

With Election Commission’s announcement of the election schedule the model code of conduct will get implemented in both the states and will be effective till the poll process gets completed

Announcing the schedule, Chief Election Commissioner AK Joti said filing of nominations will open on October 16 and the last date will be October 23.

The dates for the Assembly elections in Gujarat and Himachal Pradesh are likely to be announced on Thursday.

The schedule has been, however, kept under wraps until the Election Commission announces the dates of the Himachal Pradesh and Gujarat Assembly elections.

The model code of conduct for Himachal comes into effect immediately, he said. Similarly, the Central government can not announce policy decisions regarding Himachal Pradesh. All critical events will be video-graphed, said Chief Election Commissioner AK Jyoti.

He said Electronic Voting Machines or EVMs with the Voter Verifiable Paper Audit Trail (VVPAT) system will be used for the Himachal Pradesh election.

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While Gujarat election is the Government's prime concern, Himachal Pradesh is on the priority so far as the Election Commission is concerned. The model code of conduct applies to both the state and the central government.

While the Congress has not named any leader as its chief ministerial candidate for Gujarat polls, it has announced incumbent Chief Minister Virbhadra Singh as the candidate for Himachal Pradesh.

# A total 7521 of polling stations to be set up in Himachal Pradesh. Bulk SMSes & voice messages on phone shall also be in purview of election advertisements, said CEC.

The term of the 68-member Himachal Pradesh Legislative Assembly will come to an end on January 7, 2018.

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