Election Commission likely to announce dates for Gujarat, Himachal Pradesh assembly elections today
12 October, 2017, 12:34
Gujarat and Himachal Pradesh are poll-bound end of this year and the Election Commission is likely to announce the exact dates later today.
The poll panel has convened a press conference to announce the schedule, reported news agency PTI. The tenure of Gujarat Assembly to end on 22nd January 2018.
Chief Election Commissioner (CEC) A K Joti had said Tuesday that the voter-verified paper audit trail (VVPAT) will be used in over 50,000 booths in Gujarat. Congress announced Chief Minister Virbhadra Singh as the party's chief ministerial candidate last week who has served as chief minister for six terms.
The election announcement will be made at 4 PM in Delhi today.
While Gujarat election is the Government's prime concern, Himachal Pradesh is on the priority so far as the Election Commission is concerned. Jyoti had said that to tally the number of slips with the votes cast, the paper slips would be counted at a single booth in each of the 182 constituencies.
The legislative assembly tenures of Gujarat and Himachal shall end in January, 2018.
According to reports says AK Joti stated on Gujarat polls that "without doubt", be held in December this year. If we talk about the Gujarat elections, then there are around 182 seats in the house which presently comprised of 118 BJP MLA's, 42 Congress, 2 from NCP and one from JD (U).
The Congress has 36 seats in the 68-member Himachal Pradesh Assembly, while BJP has 26. While Himachal Pradesh likely to be held in November.
Both the BJP and the Congress had begun their election campaigns long back in both the states.