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Voting in Himachal Pradesh on Nov 9, Gujarat election before December 18

Himachal Pradesh

New Delhi: The Himachal Pradesh Assembly election will be held on November 9, and counting of votes will be held on December 18, said the Election Commission (EC) today.

The filing of nomination will start on October 16. The last date for filing nomination is October 23. Scrutiny of nomination papers will be held on October 24 while the last date for withdrawal of nomination is October 26.

The EC added that Assembly elections in Gujarat will take place before December 18, but did not specify a date.

Chief Election Commissioner AK Jyoti said the model code of conduct — a set of dos and don’ts for political parties for their election campaign — will be effective starting today.

He said Electronic Voting Machines or EVMs with the Voter Verifiable Paper Audit Trail (VVPAT) system will be used for the Himachal Pradesh election. Also, for the first time, phone text messages to voters from candidates and political parties will have to get clearance from the Election Commission.

Himachal Pradesh has 68 assembly seats. The Congress had won 36 seats and the BJP 27 in the last assembly elections. Independent candidates had won five seats.

Notably, the term of the 68-member Himachal Assembly ends on January 7 and the term of the 182-member Gujarat Assembly ends on January 22.

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