Himachal Pradesh Legislative Assembly Election Begins

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Himachal: Election to the Himachal Pradesh Legislative Assembly began today, November 12. The Election Commission has laid emphasis on special preparations to increase voter turnout. The votes will be counted and the results will be declared on December 8, 2022. The high-stakes poll battle will see the ruling BJP squaring off against the opposition Congress.

The voting has commenced and will end at 5pm, with 7,884 polling stations spread across Himachal Pradesh. Of these, 7,235 stations are in rural regions while 646 are in urban pockets of the northern state. Additionally, as many as three auxiliary polling stations have been set up in far flung areas of the hill state by the Election Commission of India (ECI).

An official said that 140 polling stations in Lahaul and Spiti districts along with Chamba and Kinnaur are snowbound. There was fresh snowfall in the higher reaches of Himachal Pradesh on Friday.

Multiple security forces have been deployed in the state for today’s elections, including 67 companies of the Central Armed Police Forces (CAPF) and 25,000 state police officers. Teams from the National Disaster Relief Force (NDRF) and the State Disaster Relief Force (SDRF) comprising 800 personnel have been posted as well.

The state has a total of 5,592,828 registered voters, of which, 2,854,945 are men and 2,737,845 are women. In the previous assembly polls in 2017, Himachal Pradesh saw a turnout of 75.57 per cent electors.

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