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Gujarat Assembly Election Schedule
182 Constituencies Phase I (89 Seats)Phase II (93 Seats)
Date of Issue of Gazette NotificationNov 14, 2017Nov 20, 2017
Last date of nominationsNov 21, 2017Nov 27, 2017
Scrutiny of nominationsNov 22, 2017Nov 28, 2017
Last date for withdrawal of nominationsNov 24, 2017Nov 30, 2017
Polling dateDec 09, 2017Dec 14, 2017
Counting of votesDec 18, 2017Dec 18, 2017
Himachal Pradesh Assembly Election Schedule
68 ConstituenciesSingle Phase
Last date for withdrawal of nominationsOct 26, 2017
Polling dateNov 9, 2017
Counting of votesDec 18, 2017

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The beginning of 2017 witnessed elections being held in the five states of Uttar Pradesh, Punjab, Goa, Manipur and Uttarakhand. The elections were held between February 4 and March 8, 2017. November and December will witness Gujarat and Himachal Pradesh going to the polls. The upcoming Gujarat assembly elections will witness high-staked political contest between the two leading parties, BJP and Congress. While from the last 22 years BJP is in power, Congress aspires to triumph in the Gujarat elections 2017 by winning over the Patidar vote.

The poll will be conducted in two phases: 9 December 2017 and 14 December 2017. Efficient management will be ensured with VVPATs and EVMs. For the first time in Gujarat elections, a total of 102 polling stations will be manned completely by women. The votes will be counted on 18 December 2017. The current 182 member assembly's term will come to end on 23 January 2018.

Himachal Pradesh elections 2017 was conducted on 9 November 2017. About 74% of voters turnout was recorded on the polling day. The state is currently under the rule of Congress with 38 seats in the assembly. BJP, the opposition party, however seems upbeat and is aiming for over 50 seats in the 68 seat assembly house.

A first for the hill state, all the polling stations used voting machines fitted with VVPATs to ensure a high level of transparency. The counting of votes will be on 18 December 2017. The current term of the Legislative Assembly will end on 7 January 2018.

In 2018, Karnataka, Meghalaya, Tripura, Nagaland, and Mizoram will go to the polls. The Lok Sabha polls will be held in 2019 and it remains to be seen whether the BJP will be able to emerge victorious the second time.




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In an election, various candidates of different parties contest against each other, out of which the people elect their representative. The stages of the election process of India include delimitation of constituencies wherein the entire area (the whole country in the case of Lok Sabha elections and
that particular state in the case of Legislative Assembly elections) is divided into constituencies. After the demarcation of constituency, the voters' list of each constituency is prepared and published and nomination papers are filed by the candidates. Thereafter, nomination papers are scrutinised. The next stage is the campaign by all the candidates and the parties. The election campaign ends 48 hours before the polling. The last step is the counting of votes and declaration of result.

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