Gujarat and Himachal Pradesh Assembly Election Date Announced
Assembly elections Gujarat will be held in two phases on December 13th and 17th, while polls in Himachal Pradesh will take place on November 4th, the Election Commission announced today. Counting of votes will take place in the two states on December 20th, 2012 Chief Election Commissioner V S Sampath said. The notifications for the two phases of Gujarat elections will be issued on November 17th and 23rd and for Himachal on October 10th, 2012.
“The Model Code of Conduct has come into operation from this very moment ( with the announcement of polls ). The EC will enforce it strictly and will monitor all activities related to the elections in these states,” Sampath said. According to the poll schedule, the last date for filing nominations in Gujarat is November 24th for the first phase and November 30th for the second phase. After scrutiny on November 26th and December 1st for the two phases, the last date for withdrawal of candidature is November 28th and December 3rd respectively.
In Himachal Pradesh, the filing of nomination will end on October 17th and scrutiny will take place on October 18th. The last date for withdrawal of nominations is October 20th. Sampath said, “The schedule of elections has been prepared keeping in mind the climatic conditions, academic calender like exams, festivals, law and order situation as well as availability of security forces and the time needed for their movement.” A total of 44,496 polling stations will be set up in Gujarat for 3.78 crore voters, while 7,252 polling stations will be established in Himachal Pradesh for an electorate of 45.16 lakh.
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