Himachal election on November 9
Gujarat poll to be held before Dec. 18
The Himachal Pradesh Assembly poll will be held in a single phase on November 9, the Election Commission announced on Thursday.
However, the electoral body did not declare the schedule for election in Gujarat, where the Assembly term is to expire on January 22 next year.
Chief Election Commis- sioner A.K. Joti said results for the Himachal Pradesh poll would be declared on December 18. Even though he did not announce the dates for the Assembly election in Gujarat, he said it would be held before December 18 to ensure that “the voting pattern of one State does not affect the other State.”
The term of the 68-member Himachal Pradesh Assembly ends on January 7, about 15 days ahead of the Gujarat House.
With the announcement of the election schedule, the model code of conduct for Himachal Pradesh comes into force immediately. It will be applicable for all the political parties and the State and the Central governments on decisions related to the State.
Mr. Joti said that for the first time, 136 all-womenmanaged polling stations were being set up in Himachal Pradesh, with two for each constituency.
Chief Election Commissioner A.K. Joti announcing the schedule in New Delhi on Thursday.