AMN / NEW DELHI
Himachal Pradesh will go to polls on November 9th in single phase. Announcing the poll schedule, Chief Election Commissioner AK Joti said, the model code of conduct has come into force with immediate effect.
Notification for the Himachal Pradesh Assembly polls will be issued on 16th of this month and the last date for nomination is 26th October. Counting of votes will take place on 18th December.
Electronic Voting Machines with VVPAT will be used in all the constituencies and voters will be able to see to whom they have cast their votes. Seven thousand five hundred twenty-one polling booths will be set up for voting in 68 assembly constituencies.
For the first time, Election Commission has made the arrangement of all women polling booths. Two polling booths in every constituency will be manned by women.
On pilot basis, voter turn-out will be matched with VVPAT slips in one polling booth in every constituency of the State.
Three tier monitoring system will be put in place to check the menace of paid news.
The term of Himachal Pradesh Assembly is ending on 7th January next year.
Reacting to the announcement of poll schedule for state assembly elections, Chief Minister Virbhadra Singh said that Congress party is fully prepared for elections and candidates will be announced very soon.
Opposition Leader Prem Kumar Dhumal has also welcomed this announcement and said that party is also ready for this election.