Election Commission likely to declare election dates for Gujarat at 1 pm today

Election Commission likely to declare election dates for Gujarat at 1 pm today

New Delhi, October 25: The Election Commission of India (ECI) is likely to declare the election dates for Gujarat, at 1 pm on Wednesday. Gujarat is Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s homeland. The election panel is yet to approve the same.

The Election Commission of India earlier, on October 12, stated that the Election Commission had stated that Gujarat elections will be held before December 18. The Election Commission said this while declaring the dates for Himachal Pradesh election. The Commission further added that vote counting of both states (Gujarat and Himachal) are expected to be conducted together.

After the Election Commission declare the election dates, the model code of conduct will come into force with immediate effect.

Gujarat elections would be held in two stages, like the 2012 elections, which were held in two sessions.

Gujarat has a history of supporting BJP during the last five assembly elections. The BJP had won 115 seats in 2012.  January 22, 2018, would mark the end of the present 182-member assembly in Gujarat. Expecting the declaration of the elections, Prime Minister Narendra Modi had visited his homeland last week.

Meanwhile, the Himachal Pradesh elections will be held on November 9. The vote counting of the same would be conducted on December 18.

Reportedly, the Gujarat and Himachal Pradesh elections would witness the use of Voter-Verified Paper Audit Trail (VVPATs) with Electronic Voting Machines (EVMs) for the first time in India.