Elections to the 68-seat Himachal Pradesh Assembly will be held on November 9 and counting will begin on December 18, the Elections Commission of India announced on Thursday. Announcing the dates, Chief Election Commissioner AK Joti said the polling process for Himachal Pradesh will begin with the issue of election notification on October 16, and the last date for filing nomination is October 23.
On the question of when elections would be held in Gujarat, CEC Joti said it will be organised prior to December 18. He said the poll schedule was planned such that the Himachal result does not impact voting in Gujarat. The model code of conduct for Himachal comes into effect immediately, he said. Also, bulk SMSes and voice messages on phone will come in the purview of election advertisements, Joti added.