New Delhi: The elections to Himachal Pradesh assembly will be held on November 12 and votes counted on December 8, said Chief Election Commissioner Rajiv Kumar on Friday. Nevertheless, the Election Commission did not announce the date for Gujarat assembly elections. The term for the Gujarat assembly will end on February 23 next year.
There are 68 assembly seats in Himachal for which the 55 lakh voters will choose their representatives, Kumar said, adding that the commission was following the past precedence in keeping the announcing in abeyance the schedule for the Gujarat assembly.
In Himachal Pradesh, 1.86 lakh first-time voters and 1.22 lakh aged above 80 years and 1,184 who have crossed 100 years. Out of 68 seats in the state, the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) won 44 in 2017 assembly elections and the Congress got 21 seats. The independents got two seats and CPI (M) one. As far as the percentage of votes goes, the BJP won 48.79%, the Congress 41.68% and the independents 6.34%, sources in the Election Commission said.