Gujarat elections to be held before 18 December: Election Commission

With Election Commission’s announcement of the election schedule the model code of conduct will get implemented in both the states and will be effective till the poll process gets completed

With Election Commission’s announcement of the election schedule the model code of conduct will get implemented in both the states and will be effective till the poll process gets completed

Similarly, the Central government can not announce policy decisions regarding Himachal Pradesh.

However, the commission didn't announce the dates for Gujarat assembly polls but the election in PM Modi's home state shall be held prior to 18 December, which will enable simultaneous counting of votes in Himachal Pradesh and Gujarat.

He said the election process in Gujarat will be completed before vote count in Himachal. It tells a voter that his vote is cast correctly.

The last date for filing nominations will be October 23 while the scrutiny and withdrawal of nominations will be allowed till October 24.

The poll panel has convened a press conference this evening to announce the poll schedule.

"The arrangement has been made to make sure that the election in one state does not affect the outcome of the other state", the Chief Election Commissioner AK Joti said.

"We will have VVPATs along with EVMs".

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The official said the reason the voting date for Himachal was fixed for November (resulting in a large gap with counting of votes) is due to the consideration of weather.

# Model code of conduct comes into effect in Himachal Pradesh from now onwards.

Meanwhile, the term of the current Himachal Pradesh Assembly ends next month.

The CEC, also announced that bulk SMSs and voice messages on phone shall also be in purview of election advertisements.

The expenditure limit for contestant has been fixed at the maximum of Rs 28 lakh for the Himachal Pradesh Assembly election. VVPAT will be used in all polling booths said CEC AK Jyoti.

Gujarat and Himachal's legislative tenures end in January, 2018.

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