The Election Commission of India on Thursday said that elections to the 68-seat Himachal Pradesh Assembly will be held on November 9 and counting of votes will be done on December 18 this year.
When asked about the election dates for Gujarat, Chief Election Commissioner AK Joti said they will be held prior to December 18. The tenure of the Gujarat Assembly ends on January 22, 2018, while that of Himachal’s House ends on January 7, 2018.
Himachal Pradesh election 2017 dates highlights:
4.35 pm: Gujarat assembly elections to be held prior to 18 December. This will enable simultaneous counting in Himachal Pradesh and Gujarat: Election commission.
4.31 pm: Listing the reasons for not holding the Gujarat and Himachal polls simultaneously, CEC Joti said the voting pattern of one region shouldn’t effect the voting of another.
4.25 pm: Elections will begin on November 9. Counting will be done on December 18: CEC Joti.
4.15 pm: Bulk SMSes and voice messages on phone shall also be in purview of election advertisements: CEC Joti.
4.10 pm: The model code of conduct comes into effect immediately. This applies to candidates, political parties and the Central government: CEC Joti.
4.08 pm: Our correspondent Ritika Chopra is reporting that the dates for Gujarat will be announced at a later date.
4.06 pm: For the first time Himachal Pradesh will have 136 all women managed booths: CEC Joti.
4.05 pm: We will have VVPATs along with EVMs; Commission has issued instructions to increase the height of the voting compartment to 30 inches: CEC Joti.
4.00 pm: Chief Election Commissioner AK Joti is holding a press conference in New Delhi. He will announced the dates for the two poll-bound states shortly.
The Congress has 36 seats in the 68-member Himachal Pradesh Assembly, while BJP has 26. The Himachal Lokhit Party had won 1 seat while Independents bagged 5. The Congress announced Chief Minister Virbhadra Singh as the party’s chief ministerial candidate last week. He has served as chief minister for six terms. The election is seen as crucial for the Congress, as the state is one of its few strongholds in the country.
(With inputs from PTI)