Gujarat Poll To Be Held In Two Phases On December 1 and 5

Counting will be held on December 8.

| Updated: 03 November, 2022 12:28 pm IST

The Gujarat polls will be held in two phases on December 1, and December 5,  the Election Commission said. Counting will be held on December 8.

The Election Commission announced the schedule for the Gujarat assembly polls on Thursday.

Chief Election Commissioner Rajiv Kumar expressed his condolences for the families affected by Morbi bridge collapse tragedy at the beginning of the press conference before sharing the details of the schedule and other arrangements to ensure a free and fair election. “Our heartfelt condolences to the grieving families and we pray that the departed souls rest in peace,” said Kumar

The term of the Gujarat Assembly expires on February 18, 2023. “There is still 100 days to go before the Gujarat Assembly expires,” said Kumar. There are 182 Assembly seats in the state, of which 142 are general, 17 reserved for Scheduled Caste, and 23 reserved for Scheduled Tribe.

Over 4 lakh first time voters have enrolled and another additional 3 first time voters will be able to vote due certain amendments in the law.

The Date of issue of Gazette notification is November 5, 200 for the first phase and November 10 for the second phase. Last date of filing nominations is November 14, 2022 for first phase, and November 17 for the second phase.

Date of scrutiny of nominations is November 15, 2022 for the first phase and November 18, 2022 for the second phase.

The last date of withdrawal of candidature is November 17 2022 for first phase and November 21, 2022 for the second phase.

The entire process must be completed by December 10, 2022.

Over 3 lakh first times voters enrolled, informed EC while a total of 51782 polling stations  have been set up.

“We have instructed to CEOs to visit all polling station”, said EC.

A shipping container is being set up as a moving polling station.

Postal ballot facilities available through form 12D for centenarians and senior citizens, in which officials will go to their home and take their votes. All polling station will be on ground floor. Commission is also trying to reach Red Right areas to encourage sex workers to come out and cast their votes.

100 per cent increase in enrolment of transgender voters has been recorded, said Kumar.

District Officials have been asked to set up social media teams, who will keep a strict vigil on Fake News. “Please use your discretion and don’t forward fake news during elections, ED advised common citizens.

The poll panel had not announced the Gujarat election schedule when it came out with Himachal Pradesh poll dates last month. Elections in Himachal Pradesh will be held in a single phase on November 12, the counting of votes will take place on December 8. It is very likely just like in 2017, Gujarat and Himachal poll results will be declared on the same day, the EC had hinted earlier.

The delay in announcement of dates by EC for Gujarat polls has come in for questioning by parties. The EC has been accused of favouring the BJP by giving it ample time for announcing projects. “Deciding election and dates It’s a very complex decision making activities,” said Kumar on why Gujarat dates were not announced with that of Himachal.

BJP, AAP and Congress are locked in a triangular-battle in the state. The election dates are being announced in the aftermath of the Morbi bridge tragedy which claimed 141 lives and several were injured.

Currently, Gujarat government is led by BJP’s Bhupendrabhai Rajnikantbhai Patel.



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