The elections in Himachal Pradesh will take place on November 9 with results on December 18, the Election Commission of India announced in New Delhi on Thursday.
Chief Election Commissioner Achal Kumar Jyoti, accompanied by Election Commissioners Om Prakash Rawat and Sunil Arora highlighted that for the first time Himachal Pradesh will have 136 all women managed booths.
“We will have VVPATs along with EVMs; height of voting compartments will be increased to 30 inches," he said while speaking about the Himachal Pradesh polls.
“Model code of conduct for Himachal Pradesh assembly election comes into effect from now itself,” he added.
The Election Commission hinted that Gujarat would vote before the result day in the state of Himachal. "Gujarat assembly elections to be held prior to 18 December," the Election Commission said.
The term of the 182-member Gujarat Assembly ends on January 22, whereas the term of the 68-member Himachal Pradesh Assembly ends on January 7. While the Congress has not named anyone as its chief ministerial candidate for the Gujarat polls, it has announced Himachal Chief Minister Virbhadra Singh as the nominee in Himachal Pradesh.
The CEC said elections to the two states were announced separately in the past too, including in 1993, 1994 and 2002. Besides the issues of availability of central forces and the festive season, the Gujarat government had told the Commission that several relief and rehabilitation works were on in the state following the July floods, he said.