The Election Commission of India on 14 October announced the dates for upcoming assembly election in Himachal Pradesh as 12 November.
NEW DELHI: The elections for 68 Assembly seats of Himachal Pradesh will be held on November 12 in a single phase and the counting of votes will be held on December 8, after a gap of nearly a month, the Election Commission announced Friday. The EC, however, did not announce the dates for the Gujarat election even though the two states vote almost around the same time. The BJP is in power in both states.
The EC indicated the Gujarat election dates will be announced later.
The Himachal Assembly’s term ends on January 10, 2023, while that of the 182-member Gujarat Assembly ends on February 18, 2023. The EC said there was a gap of 40 days between the end of the two Assemblies, so it still has time in hand to make the announcement.
Traditionally, elections in these two states take place around the same time and are often announced on the same day. However, in the last election in 2017, Himachal voted on November 9 in a single phase while polling in Gujarat took place in two phases -- December 9 and 14 -- and the dates for these were announced separately by the EC. The votes in both states were counted December 18. But in 2012, the polls for the two states were announced by the EC the same day.
However, the EC justification came under severe criticism as in the case of Uttar Pradesh and Goa, which went to the polls this year, the gap between the tenure of the two Assemblies was 60 days, and yet the EC held their polls together.
“The gap between the tenure of two Assemblies (Himachal Pradesh and Gujarat) is 40 days. According to the rules, it should be at least 30 days so that one result does not impact the other. In Himachal, factors like weather are important, especially in the upper reaches where snowfall takes place. The EC is going by the convention followed last time in announcing the Assembly polls,” said Chief Election Commissioner Rajiv Kumar on the question of separating the Gujarat and Himachal poll announcement dates.
It is expected that the dates for the Gujarat polls may be announced in a week or so, as was done during the previous Assembly polls. With 182 Assembly seats, Gujarat usually votes in two phases. It is expected the EC may keep counting of votes of Gujarat along with Himachal on December 8.
BJP president J.P. Nadda welcomed the announcement of the Himachal polls. The Congress also welcomed the announcement.
The election process in Himachal will begin from Monday, October 17, with the gazette notification. The last date for filing of nominations is October 25 while scrutiny will take place on October 27, and last date for the withdrawal of candidatures is October 29. The state will go for in polls in a single phase on November 12 and counting will be on December 8. The entire process has to end by December 10. Himachal Pradesh has over 55 lakh voters
The EC has reduced the number of days when the Model Code of Conduct will apply to Himachal Pradesh from 70 to 57 days, saying it does not want the entire election process to continue for a very long period....
Himachal Pradesh will vote for a new government on November 12 and results will be declared nearly a month later on December 8, the Election Commission announced today. The term of the Himachal Pradesh assembly ends on January 8.
The Election Commission recently visited Himachal Pradesh to review election preparedness.
Himachal Pradesh has 68 assembly seats, with 35 being the majority mark.
In the 2017 election, the BJP won 44 seats and Congress 21.
Back-to-back rallies and visits by top leaders, including Prime Minister Narendra Modi, have set the stage for the crucial elections in Himachal Pradesh.
In Himachal Pradesh, the Congress last month suffered a major setback with its working president Harsh Mahajan joining the BJP.
AAP, trying to gain a foothold in the state, has promised an unemployment allowance and six lakh government jobs.
Himachal Pradesh is set to see heightened political activity with the Election Commission having announed the poll dates. The state polls would be held on November 12, and counting of votes would happen on December 8. This is set to be the first time in nearly two years that state polls would be held without strict coronavirus restrictions in place.
“Coronavirus is no longer much of a concern,” Chief Election Commissioner Rajiv Shukla said, addressing the much-awaited briefer on Friday. Earlier this year when polling was held in five states, Uttar Pradesh, Manipur, Uttarakhand, Goa and Punjab, India was dealing with a surge in Covid cases due to a new variant - Omicron- which had caught several countries unaware. In many of the top cities in India, the variant had compelled the authorities to bring back tighter curbs.
Meanwhile, the BJP - which rules both Gujarat and Himachal Pradesh - is hoping for a smooth comeback in both the states. The polling schedule for Gujarat is expected to be announced soon; it was not announced during the presser on Friday. While Gujarat, Prime Minster Narendra Modi's home state, has a 182-member assembly, the Himachal assembly has 68 seats.
Himachal Pradesh has nearly 55 lakh voters. Of these, 1.5 lakh are above 80; and 1.86 lakh are first-time voters.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi, who has already sounded the poll bugle in both the states, has been attacking the Congress in his speeches. He even accused the party of “outsourcing the job of attacking him” to Arvind Kejriwal’s Aam Aadmi Party.
Meanwhile, the AAP - that aims to expand its national footprint - is set to contest all seats in Himachal and has expressed confidence that it would form the government in Gujarat. It has been campaigning with its educational policies and subsidized electricity as the key highlights. The party had claimed a handsome victory in Punjab earlier this year, the second state it won after Delhi.
For the Congress, which has been holding a mass contact programme of Bharat Jodo, it would be question of revival of its electoral fortunes.
Himachal Pradesh will have a single-phase polling for its 68 Assembly seats on November 12 and the counting of votes will take place on December 8, the Election Commission announced on Friday.
With the announcement of the poll schedule, the Model Code of Conduct for guidance of political parties and candidates has come into force.
Last date of filing nominations for the Assembly polls will be October 25 and the last data for withdrawal of candidates is October 29.
There are a total 55,07,261 voters in Himachal Pradesh including 27,80,208 male voters and 27,27,016 female voters.
Chief Election Commissioner Rajiv Kumar said that now youngsters get four chances in a year to enrol as a voter. There will be four qualifying dates in a year for eligibility to register as a voter instead of a single qualifying date.
He also said social media teams will be set up to keep strict vigil on fake news being spread during elections.
Earlier, teams of the commission recently visited Himachal Pradesh to take stock of poll preparedness.
The assembly elections in Himachal Pradesh will be held on November 12 and the results will be declared on December 8, the Election Commission (EC) announced on Friday. The commission, however, did not announce the elections for the Gujarat assembly, the term of which ends on February 18, 2023.
The panel said it was following past precedence in keeping the announcing in abeyance the schedule for the Gujarat assembly. The poll body convened a press conference at 3 pm. The term of the Himachal Pradesh assembly will end on January 8, 2023.
Last month, the chief election commissioner Rajiv Kumar and election commissioner Anup Chandra Pandey had visited Himachal Pradesh to review poll preparedness.
Himachal Pradesh voted to elect its legislative assembly on November 9, 2017. In the 68-member Himachal Pradesh Legislative Assembly election, the BJP defeated the Congress and won 44 seats, while the Congress secured only 21 seats in 2017.
In percentage terms, the BJP won 48.79 per cent of the total valid votes, followed by the Congress (41.68 per cent) and Independents (6.34 per cent).
Currently, in the assembly, the Jairam Thakur-led BJP regime has 45 MLAs, while the Congress has 22 and CPI(M) has one. The AAP is looking to set foot in Gujarat and Himachal Pradesh.
More than 55 lakh voters are eligible to exercise their franchise for 68 assembly seats in Himachal Pradesh, Kumar said at the press briefing.
There are 1.86 lakh first-time voters, 1.22 lakh aged 80-plus and 1,184 voters who are above 100 years of age.
(With inputs from agencies)
SHIMLA: The Himachal Pradesh state election office has sought 67 companies of the Central Armed Police Forces for holding free and fair Assembly polls in the state.
This information was given by state Chief Electoral Officer Maneesh Garg on Friday evening.
As many as 65 CAPF companies were deployed during the last Assembly elections in 2017, he told the media.
The CEO said a notification for the state elections will be issued on October 17 and the last date for the filing of nominations is October 25.
Scrutiny of papers will be held on October 27 and the last date for the withdrawal of papers will be October 29, he added.
The voting is scheduled to take place on November 12 while the counting will take place on December 8.
As many as 55,74,793 people are eligible to vote in the polls as of now. The state has 68 Assembly seats.
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