New Delhi, October 13: Himachal Pradesh elections would be held on November 9 and the counting of votes would be on December 18. The Gujarat Assembly Elections would be held prior to December 18, said Election Commission of India (EC). However, the date for the counting of votes for Gujarat elections has not been declared yet.

Achal Kumar Joti, the Chief Election Commissioner (CEC) said that for Himachal Pradesh elections that would be conducted in a single phase, VVPAT (Voter-Verified Paper Audit Trail) machines would be used. However, he did not clarify if the Gujarat elections would be held in a single phase or two phases.

Himachal Pradesh Elections- What all EC said:

  • Model code of conduct for Himachal Pradesh assembly election comes into effect from now itself.
  • For the first time, Himachal Pradesh will have 136 all women managed booths.
  • We will have VVPATs along with EVMs; height of voting compartments will be increased to 30 inches, said EC.

For the elections of the hilly state, the last date of filing of nomination is October 23 and the last date of scrutiny of nominations is October 24. The last date of withdrawal of candidature is October 26. The poll procedure will be over by December 20.

The Gujarat elections would be a trilateral contest between Indian National Congress (INC), the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) and Arvind Kejriwal-led AAP (Aam Aadmi Party) which is contesting for the first time from the dry state.

All the parties have begun their campaign in Gujarat. Recently, Congress vice president who was on a three-day-visit to Gujarat lashed out at Prime Minister Narendra Modi and the ruling BJP government in the state.

The Gujarat Assembly, which comprises of 182 members, has 118 MLAs of BJP, 42 from Congress, 2 members of NCP and one member of JD (U).