Gujarat poll before Dec 18, Himachal Pradesh to vote on November 9

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According to sources, Election Commission will address a press conference at Nirvachan Sadan and announce the dates.

Assembly elections in the state will be held as a single phase on November 9 and the Counting of votes will be held on December 18, 2017. Height of voting compartments are being increased to enhance secrecy of voting. Gujarat Assembly election will be held before December 18, the Election Commission said.

The Election Commission today announced elections to Himachal Pradesh Assembly.

After scrutiny on October 24, the last date for withdrawal of nominations is October 26, he said. All critical events will be video-graphed, said Chief Election Commissioner AK Jyoti.

Chief Election Commissioner (CEC) A K Jyoti has said that in more than 50,000 booths in Gujarat, the voter-verified paper audit trail (VVPAT) system will be used.

CEC said that the size of screens of VVPAT machines will be increased to 10 cm. The model code of conduct applies to both the state and the central government. Moreover, all-women polling stations in Gujarat in all assembly segments, would be introduced by the poll panel for the first time.

Without waiting for the announcement of the polls dates, political parties have already begun their poll campaigns. Also, bulk SMSes and voice messages on phone will come in the purview of election advertisements, Joti added.

The term of the 182-member Gujarat Assembly ends on 22 January, 2018 while that of the 68-member Himachal Pradesh's Assembly ends on 7 January, 2018.

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