Gujarat assembly elections to be held on Dec 1, 5; counting of votes on Dec 8

The poll panel has convened a press conference to announce the schedule. Photo: Shutterstock/ Mirko Kuzmanovic

New Delhi: The Gujarat Assembly Elections will be held in two phases on December 1 and 5, the Election Commissioner said in a press conference on Thursday.

The counting of votes for Gujarat and Himachal Pradesh will take place on the same day-December 8.

The term of the 182-member Gujarat assembly ends on February 18 next year.

Citing the convention followed in 2017, the poll panel had not announced the Gujarat election schedule when it came out with 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.

In 2017, the polls in the two states were announced on different dates but the counting took place together on December 18.

Floods in Gujarat had led the EC to hold polls in the state after the Himachal Pradesh poll schedule was announced.

(With PTI inputs.)

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