Hi­machal As­sem­bly elec­tions on Nov 9

Re­sults of a sin­gle phase As­sem­bly polls will be de­clared on De­cem­ber 18 Gu­jarat polls will be held be­fore Dec 18 but no dates an­nounced

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AS­SEM­BLY elec­tions in Hi­machal Pradesh will be held in a sin­gle phase on Novem­ber 9 and the re­sults will be de­clared on De­cem­ber 18, the Elec­tion Com­mis­sion an­nounced on Thurs­day.

The sched­ule for Gu­jarat will be an­nounced sep­a­rately but as­sem­bly elec­tions in the State will be held be­fore De­cem­ber 18, Chief Elec­tion Com­mis­sioner A K Joti said at a press con­fer­ence.

This, he said, is be­ing done to en­sure that the vot­ing pat­tern of one state does not af­fect the other state. “The Model Code of Con­duct comes into force im­me­di­ately,” Joti said while an­nounc­ing the poll sched­ule for Hi­machal Pradesh. The code of con­duct will be ap­pli­ca­ble for Hi­machal Pradesh as well as for the Union Govern­ment in mat­ters re­lated to the State.

The poll process in Hi­machal Pradesh will start with the is­sue of the gazette no­ti­fi­ca­tion on Oc­to­ber 23 when can­di­dates can start fil­ing their nom­i­na­tions. Joti,

who was flanked by Elec­tion Com­mis­sion­ers OP Raw at and Su­nil Arora, said the last date for fil­ing of nom­i­na­tions is Oc­to­ber 23.

Af­ter scru­tiny on Oc­to­ber 24, the last date for with­drawal of nom­i­na­tions is Oc­to­ber 26, he said. Hi­machal Pradesh will be the sec­ond state af­ter Goa with 100 per­cent VVPAT (pa­per trail of votes) cov­er­age. The pa­per trail ma­chines will be de­ployed along with EVMs in all the 7,521 polling sta­tions.

For the first time ever, the Elec­tion Com­mis­sion will set up 136 all-wo­man man­aged polling booths in Hi­machal Pradesh, with each con­stituency hav­ing two women.

The Com­mis­sion has also in­creased the size of the VVPAT pa­per trail.

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