Gujarat poll before Dec 18, Himachal Pradesh to vote on November 9


In the 2012 assembly elections, BJP won 115 out of 182 seats with a vote share of 47.85% in Gujarat, while the Congress won 61 seats with 38.93% share.

The tenures of Himachal and Gujarat assemblies end on January 7, 2018 and January 22 respectively.

The model code of conduct comes into effect immediately.

The BJP today appointed former minister Praveen Sharma as the election management incharge of the party for the upcoming Himachal Pradesh Assembly polls.

The vote count in Himachal Pradesh will be taken up on December 18 after completion of the election process in Gujarat, which the BJP has ruled for nearly 20 years. Independent candidates had won five seats. BJP launched its election campaign in Gujarat with "Gaurav Yatra" while Congress took on the ruling party with its "Navsarjan Yatra".

Ms. Ranjan's remarks come against the backdrop of the general belief that the Congress is likely to do better in Gujarat than in Himachal Pradesh, where Chief Minister Veerbhadra Singh is at loggerheads with State chief Sukhvinder Singh Sukhu.

Joti said elections need to be held early in Himachal as the districts of Kinnaur, Lahaul and Spiti, and parts of Bharmour are cut off from the rest of the state once winter sets in.

The poll process in Himachal Pradesh will start with the issue of the gazette notification on October 16 when candidates can start filing their nominations.

After scrutiny on October 24, the last date for withdrawal of nominations is October 26, he said. The normal EC practice is that dates for elections held within about 150 days are announced together. Counting of votes will take place on 18th December.

The elections will be conducted by using electronic voting machines (EVMs) with voter-verified paper audit trail (VVPAT), Chief Election Commissioner Achal Kumar Jyoti, who was accompanied by Election Commissioners Om Prakash Rawat and Sunil Arora, said. Two polling booths in every constituency will be manned by women. The height of voting compartments will be increased to 30 inches.

Himachal Pradesh will go to polls on November 9th in single phase.