EC To Announce Poll Dates For Himachal Pradesh Today, Gujarat Soon

EC To Announce Poll Dates For Himachal Pradesh Today, Gujarat Soon

EC To Announce Poll Dates For Himachal Pradesh Today, Gujarat Soon

The dates for assembly elections in Gujarat and Himachal Pradesh will be announced today.

The three-member Election Commission headed by Chief Election Commissioner A.K. Jyoti will address a press conference at 4 p.m.at which the full poll schedule for the two states was likely to be released. While the term of the 182-member Gujarat Assembly ends on January 22, the term of the 68-member HP Assembly ends on January 7.

Chief Election Commissioner (CEC) A K Jyoti has said that in more than 50,000 booths in Gujarat, the voter-verified paper audit trail (VVPAT) system will be used.

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On the other hand Gujarat polls will be very important for Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) because after the grand victory in 2017 assembly elections in Uttar Pradesh the stakes are very high and 2019 Lok Sabha elctions will depend a lot on 2017 Gujarat assembly polls. If sources are to be believed the Assembly elections in Himachal Pradesh will be held in single-phase. However, he did not disclose if the state will see a one or two-phase election.

With the announcement of the election dates, the model code of conduct will immediately come in place, restricting the state and the central government from announcing new schemes and sops.

Himachal Pradesh Chief Minister Virbhadra Singh was announced as the party's Chief Ministerial candidate by Congress President Rahul Gandhi recently. VVPAT was first used in the Goa polls earlier this year.

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Gujarat elections will witness something new this election season as Election Commission will introduce all women polling stations in all the assembly segments. The Assembly elections are likely to be held before the end of the year.

Both Congress and BJP have been holding heated campaigns in Gujarat. Apart from Himachal Pradesh, the EC will announce the dates for Gujarat elections 2017.

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