The Election Commission announced on Friday that all 68 Assembly segments in Himachal Pradesh will vote in a single phase on November 12.
The ballots will be counted on December 8. The ECI, however, has not released the dates for the Gujarat election.
At 3 p.m., the press conference began at Vigyan Bhawan in New Delhi. According to PTI, the Gujarat Assembly’s term ends on February 18 next year, while Himachal Pradesh’s ends on January 8, 2023. The Commission recently visited Gujarat and Himachal Pradesh to assess and observe how prepared the two states are for the elections.
There are 55,07,261 electorates and first time voters are 1,86,681.The Himachal Pradesh Legislative Assembly’s term is set to expire on January 8, 2023. The previous assembly elections were held in November 2017 and were won by the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), with Jai Ram Thakur becoming chief minister.
— ANI (@ANI) October 14, 2022
Political parties have begun campaigning in these states in preparation for the elections. The ruling BJP in Gujarat launched the Gaurav Yatra earlier this week. The Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) has also stepped up its campaign, with frequent visits to the poll-bound state by party chief and Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal and Manish Sisodia.
The BJP has also been aggressively campaigning in Himachal Pradesh. During his recent visit, Modi announced a slew of development projects. On Friday, Congress leader Priyanka Gandhi Vadra launched the party’s campaign in the hill state. On the occasion, she also released the party’s election theme song.
While the deadline for submitting nominations has been set for October 25. The nominations will be scrutinised on October 27, with the deadline for withdrawal of candidatures set for October 29.
#HimachalPradesh में आगामी विधानसभा चुनाव के लिए 7,881 PS will be set up across 68 ACs. आयोग की पहल के तहत 142 मतदान केन्द्रों का संचालन महिला मतदान कार्मिकों और सुरक्षा कर्मियों द्वारा किया जायेगा | 37 polling station ऐसे होंगे जिनमे आपका स्वागत दिव्यांगजन करेंगे| #ECI pic.twitter.com/osF4IlIU5w
— Election Commission of India #SVEEP (@ECISVEEP) October 14, 2022
CEC Rajiv Kumar stated to the media, “We have zero tolerance for the distribution of any kind of voter inducement. GST will investigate e-way and goods destined for poll-bound states and neighboring states. Airports will be on high alert to ensure that no unscheduled flights go unnoticed.”
According to the electoral roll published on 10 October, over 55 lakh electors are registered, of which approximately 55,000 are PwD electors, 1.22 lakh are 80+ senior citizens, and 1.86 lakh are first-time voters in Himachal Pradesh, according to ECI.