Hi­machal Assem­bly poll on Novem­ber 9

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Re­spond­ing to queries on why the EC did not de­clare the sched­ule for Gujarat, Mr. Joti said sev­eral fac­tors were taken into con­sid­er­a­tion for not con­duct­ing si­mul­ta­ne­ous polls this time. He said im­po­si­tion of the model code with im­me­di­ate ef­fect would also hin­der all gov­ern­ment works, and there was no need to pro­long the Hi­machal Pradesh elec­tion be­yond the re­quired pe­riod.

As per rules, the Com­mis­sion has to com­plete the elec­tion process within 46 days. The Com­mis­sion said it was nec­es­sary to hold the elec­tion in Hi­machal Pradesh in mid-Novem­ber due to pos­si­ble snow­fall in the State later, hin­der­ing the smooth con­duct of polls.

Be­sides, the Gujarat ad- min­is­tra­tion had re­quested the EC for some more time in mak­ing the ar­range­ments as it was busy with re­lief and re­ha­bil­i­ta­tion work in the wake of floods in July.

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