Himachal Assembly poll on November 9
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.