Hi­machal elec­tion on Novem­ber 9

Gu­jarat poll to be held be­fore Dec. 18

The Hindu - - FRONT PAGE - Devesh K. Pandey

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.

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Chief Elec­tion Com­mis­sioner A.K. Joti an­nounc­ing the sched­ule in New Delhi on Thurs­day.

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