Assembly elections will be held in Himachal Pradesh on November 9 this year and votes will be counted on December 18, the Election Commission said today. It has not yet announced dates for assembly elections in Gujarat, but said that they would be held before December 18.
Chief Election Commissioner AK Jyoti said a model code of conduct, a set of dos and don'ts for political parties for their election campaign, will be effective 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.
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.
"Polling in Gujarat will take place before December 18 (counting day for Himachal) so that in no way the result of Himachal can affect the voting in Gujarat," the Chief Election Commissioner said. "We will, in a few days, announce the dates for Gujarat election, but I can say for sure that voting in Gujarat will happen before December 18."
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. "Himachal might get very heavy snowfall and severe weather from mid-November... so keeping that in mind, we are holding votes on November 9."