Gujarat, Himachal Pradesh Assembly poll schedule announced

     The Election Commission on Wednesday announced a two-phased poll in Gujarat and single-phase poll in Himachal Pradesh. The first phase of the Gujarat assembly polls will be held on December 13, while the second will take place on December 17. Polls in Himachal Pradesh will be held on November 4. The counting of votes for both Gujarat and Himachal Pradesh will take place on December 20.

Chief Election Commissioner V.S. Sampath, who announced the poll dates for both states here today, said the duration of present state assemblies in Gujarat and Himachal Pradesh come to an end on January 17, 2013, and January 10, 2013 respectively. More than 35,000 personnel from central paramilitary forces and around 55,000 from state police are likely to be deployed for the Gujarat polls. Around 9,000 personnel from paramilitary forces and 14,000 from state police are likely to be deployed for Himachal Pradesh elections.

While Gujarat has 182 assembly constituencies, 13 of which are reserved for SCs and 26 for STs, Himachal Pradesh has 68 assembly seats, with17 reserved for SCs and 3 for STs. Sampath said that 3.78 crore voters would be eligible to exercise their franchise in Gujarat , while 45 lakh voters would vote in Himachal Pradesh.

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