Posted On Thursday, October 04, 2012 at 08:14:50 AM
New Delhi: The Election Commission on Wednesday announced dates for Gujarat and Himachal Pradesh Assembly elections. While Gujarat will have elections in two phases – December 13 and 17, Himachal Pradesh will vote on November 4.
|Chief Election Commissioner VS Sampath flanked by Election Commissioners Syed Nasim Ahmad Zaidi (L) and HS Brahma (R)
The counting for both the Assembly elections will take place on December 20. Chief Election Commissioner V S Sampath said that the Model Code of Conduct has come into operation from this very moment (with the announcement of polls). “The EC will enforce it strictly,” he said.
The last date for filing nominations in Gujarat is November 24 for the first phase and November 30 for the second phase. After scrutiny on November 26 and December 1 for the two phases, the last date for withdrawal of candidature is November 28 and December 3 respectively.
In Himachal Pradesh, the filing of nomination will end on October 17 and scrutiny will take place on October 18. The last date for withdrawal of nominations is October 20. Sampath said, “The schedule of elections has been prepared keeping in mind the climatic conditions, 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.
Gujarat has 182 assembly constituencies, of which 13 are reserved for SCs and 27 for STs, while there are 68 constituencies in Himachal Pradesh, with 17 reserved for SCs and three for STs. The term of Gujarat's present assembly expires on January 17 and that of Himachal on January 10.
During the first phase of assembly elections in Gujarat, 87 assembly constituencies will go to polls, while the remaining 95 constituencies will go to poll in the second phase.
The EC will also ensure videography of the entire poll process starting from the filing of nominations and scrutiny. It will also issue voter slips to the voters ahead of polls. The CEC said the Commission will monitor the expenditure made by parties and candidates, and will keep a stricter tab on paid news.
• Gujarat has 182 assembly seats, 13 of which are reserved for SCs and 26 for STs
• 35,000 CRPF men and 55,000 cops will be deployed in Gujarat during the elections
• Himachal Pradesh has 68 assembly seats, with 17 reserved for SCs and 3 for STs
• 9,000 CRPF personnel and 14,000 cops will be deployed for Himachal Pradesh elections