Hi­machal As­sem­bly elec­tion on Nov 9

Gu­jarat poll dates will be an­nounced soon, says EC

The Hindu Business Line - - FRONT PAGE -

Hi­machal Pradesh will go to the polls on Novem­ber 9 this year to elect its new 68-mem­ber State As­sem­bly, with the count­ing of votes sched­uled to take place on De­cem­ber 18, the Elec­tion Com­mis­sion an­nounced on Thurs­day. The process for elect­ing the new as­sem­bly in Gu­jarat, too, will be com­pleted by De­cem­ber 18.

AK Joti, Chief Elec­tion Com­mis­sioner, said Hi­machal will see a sin­gle-day poll. The Com­mis­sion, how­ever, did not an­nounce the elec­tion sched­ule in Gu­jarat, with Joti say­ing that it will be an­nounced soon.

The Com­mis­sion said the de­ci­sion to count the votes in Hi­machal in De­cem­ber after polling in Gu­jarat was over has been taken so that the out­come of the polls in one State does not af­fect polling trends in an­other State.

Elec­tronic Vot­ing Ma­chines and Voter Ver­i­fi­able Pa­per Au­dit Trail (VVPAT) will be used in all polling sta­tions in Hi­machal.

Each can­di­date con­test­ing the elec­tion will be al­lowed to spend a max­i­mum of ₹ 28 lakh on the elec­tion and will have to fur­nish the ac­counts of ex­pen­di­ture within 30 days of the dec­la­ra­tion of re­sults, the Com­mis­sion an­nounced.

Hi­machal will see 7,479 polling sta­tions be­ing set up for over 49 lakh vot­ers to cast their votes. The fact that some re­gions in Hi­machal, es­pe­cially La­haul and Spiti, be­come snow-bound in­flu­enced the Com­mis­sion’s de­ci­sion in fi­nal­is­ing the polling sched­ule for the State. Also read

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