Tuesday, 24 October, 2017

Himachal Pradesh and Gujarat election 2017 dates

New Delhi:The Election Commission will announce the dates for the Assembly polls in Gujarat and Himachal Pradesh at 4 pm today New Delhi:The Election Commission will announce the dates for the Assembly polls in Gujarat and Himachal Pradesh at 4 pm today
Sammy Stanley | 13 October, 2017, 01:21

The Election Commission (EC) is all set to announce the crucial schedule for upcoming assembly elections to Gujarat and Himachal Pradesh at 4pm on Thursday from its national headquarters.

The results of the elections would be announced on December 18 as per the declaration of the EC. The last date for filing nomination is October 23.

As per the announcement, Assembly elections in Himachal Pradesh will be held on November 9. Since the roads in parts of the state were washed out, the rehabilitation work could begin only in September and thus the state sought for some more time for the announcement of the poll schedule and model code of conduct coming into force. Similarly, the central government can't announce policy decisions regarding Himachal Pradesh. Of the Himachal constituencies, 17 are reserved for Scheduled Castes and three for Scheduled Tribes.

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The Election Commission has also changed election advertisement criteria. Making an exception to its normal practice, the EC announced that Gujarat Assembly election results will be declared on December 18 along with Himachal results.

Moreover, all-women polling stations in Gujarat in all assembly segments, would be introduced by the poll panel for the first time. Jyoti in response to a query on media reports and some politicians claiming that polls were going to be held in December, said "Elections will have to be held in December as the term of the current Gujarat assembly is coming to end in the third week of January next". Congress Vice-President Rahul Gandhi had held consultations with both leaders to sort out the differences. Although Gujarat will also see out the counting of votes on December 18 as well but the question of when the elections will be held stayed up in the air. The Himachal Assembly's term ends on January 7. "We are self-reliant and the focus is on development", he said.

Citing an Office Memorandum issued by the Law Ministry in April 2001, Joti said MCC should ideally be in effect for not more than 46 days. The Congress believes it will be hard for the BJP to anchor its campaign on a single State leader as it may rake up organisational issues in the saffron party. According to Joti, this is being done to ensure that the voting pattern of one State does not affect the other.

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