[Chief Election Commissioner Achal Kumar Jyoti in a file photo.]
New Delhi: Assembly elections in Himachal Pradesh will be held as a single phase on November 9 and the Counting of votes will be held on December 18, 2017, the Election Commission of India announced today.
The elections will be conducted by using electronic voting machines (EVMs) with voter-verified paper audit trail (VVPAT), Chief Election Commissioner Achal Kumar Jyoti, who was accompanied by Election Commissioners Om Prakash Rawat and Sunil Arora, said.
The model code of conduct comes into effect immediately.
An estimated 49.05 lakh voters, including over 20,000 new voters, will be exercising their franchise from 7,521 polling stations in Himachal Pradesh.
Voter assistance booth will be set up and 200 wheel chairs have been arranged by the State government, the CEC said. There will be 136 all-women managed poll stations this time, he added.
The ceiling for election expenditure per candidate is Rs. 25 lakh.
The Election Commission, for the first time use, RONet, an integrated application for conducted elections. It was first implemented in pilot basis in Ludhiana Assembly elections.
Photo Electoral Rolls will be used during this General Election and photo percentages in Photo Electoral Rolls of this State is 100%.
Identification of the voters at the polling booth at the time of poll shall be mandatory. Electors who have been provided with EPIC shall be identified through EPIC.
The term of the 68-member Himachal Pradesh Legislative Assembly will come to an end on January 7, 2018.
The total number of Assembly Constituencies in the State of Himachal Pradesh are 68. Seats reserved for the Scheduled Castes 17 and the Scheduled Tribes 03. In the last elections, the Congress had won 36 seats and the BJP 27. Independent candidates had won five seats.
The contest comes at a time when Modi government is under pressure over economy slowdown and the congress party is looking at a leadership change.
The Congress has announced Himachal Chief Minister Virbhadra Singh as the nominee.