The Election Commission of India (ECI) today ( November 3, 2022) announced the schedule for the Gujarat assembly polls. The two-phase polls will be conducted on December 1 and 5 and the results will be announced on December 8. Himachal Pradesh results will also be declared on the same date.
The term of the 182-member Gujarat assembly ends on February 18, 2023. In the first phase, the state would poll for 89 seats and in the second phase, it would conduct the election on 93 seats. Citing the convention followed in 2017, the poll panel had not announced the Gujarat election schedule and instead gave out the Himachal Pradesh poll dates last month.
While elections in Himachal Pradesh will be held in a single phase on November 12, the counting of votes will take place on December 8. The ECI said that for enhanced voting experience, 1274 polling stations will be completely managed by women and security staff. There will be 182 polling stations, where one will be welcomed by PWD.
For the first time, 33 polling stations will be set up and managed by the youngest available polling staff. The election commission also announced that a special observer in Himachal Pradesh and Gujarat for accessibility and inclusion for women, the elderly, PWD, will be deployed in the forthcoming Assembly elections.