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Himachal Pradesh assembly election on November 9

Himachal Pradesh assembly election on November 9

Speaking to members of the press, Chief Election Commissioner Achal Kumar Joti said measures to help differently-abled voters are already in place in both states.

Announcing the schedule, Chief Election Commissioner AK Joti said filing of nominations will open on October 16 and the last date will be October 23.

After scrutiny on October 24, the last date for withdrawal of nominations is October 26, he said.

The election announcement will be made at 4 PM in Delhi today.

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The Election Commission will also post an expenditure observers to monitor election expenses during Himachal Pradesh polls, each candidate will be allowed to spend Rs 28 Lakh for his campaign. Jyoti had said that to tally the number of slips with the votes cast, the paper slips would be counted at a single booth in each of the 182 constituencies.

The CEC said that Electronic Voting Machines (EVMs) with the Voter Verifiable Paper Audit Trail (VVPAT) system will be used for the Himachal Pradesh election. As the term of the current legislative assembly ends in the third week of January, Gujarat may go to polls in December, indicated the poll panel recently.

The Congress has announced Himachal Chief Minister Virbhadra Singh as the nominee. The election is seen as crucial for the Congress, as the state is one of its few strongholds in the country. He has now lent support to Jan Vikalp, a front which projects itself as an alternative to the Congress and the BJP.

A team of EC officials headed by the CEC was on a visit of Gujarat to assess the poll preparedness.

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