Himachal Pradesh assembly polls on Nov 9, results on Dec 18

12 October, 2017, 15:01 | Author: Valerie Burke
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Announcing the schedule, Chief Election Commissioner AK Joti said filing of nominations will open on October 16 and the last date will be October 23.

"We will have VVPATs along with EVMs; height of voting compartments will be increased to 30 inches", he said in a press conference.

The Election Commission on Thursday announced that voter-verified paper audit trail (VVPAT) machines will be used in polling in the upcoming Himachal Pradesh Assembly Election.

With announcement of dates, model code of conduct has been enforced in Himachal Pradesh. Scrutiny of nomination papers will be held on October 24 while the last date for withdrawal of nomination is October 26. All critical events will be video-graphed, said Chief Election Commissioner AK Jyoti.

# Assembly elections in Gujarat will be held prior to 18 December, which will enable simultaneous counting of votes in Himachal Pradesh and Gujarat.

# Model code of conduct comes into effect in Himachal Pradesh from now onwards.

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. He said the poll schedule was planned such that the Himachal result does not impact voting in Gujarat.

Meanwhile, the term of the current Himachal Pradesh Assembly ends next month. Bulk SMSes & voice messages on phone shall also be in purview of election advertisements, said CEC.

While the term of the 182-member Gujarat Assembly ends on January 22, that of the 68-member Himachal House will come to an end on January 7.

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