Gujarat Assembly elections 2017 dates, schedule: The Election Commission of India announced the Gujarat elections 2017 dates and schedule today. The EC held a press conference at 1 PM today, in which it announced the full schedule of the Gujarat assembly elections.
Chief Election Commissioner AK Joti had earlier said the Gujarat polls will be held in December this year. “There is no doubt the polls will be held in December,” Joti had said, during a press conference. Joti while addressing the media had said the bulk SMSes & voice messages on phone shall also be in the purview of election advertisements. The Election Commission has also decided to increase the size of screen on VVPAT machines to 10 cm by 5.6 cm for the voters to able to verify their vote easily.
The 182-member Gujarat House currently comprises 118 BJP MLAs, 42 from the Congress, two from the NCP, and one from JD(U). The tenure of the current Gujarat government ends on January 22, 2018. Both Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) and Congress are trying their best to lure the voters in the state.
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Earlier, Prime Minister Narendra Modi visited the state several times to launch a number of projects.
Gujarat elections 2017 dates:
The Gujarat elections will be held in two phases on December 9 and December 14.
Gujarat elections 2017 counting date:
The counting of votes will be done on December 18 along with the counting for Himachal Pradesh election.
VVPAT machines will be used in the polling.
50,128 polling booths will be set up
The model code of conduct shall be in place immediately; elaborate arrangements made to enforce MCC guidelines.
The height of the voting compartment will be increased.
No candidate can spend more than Rs 28 lakhs on campaigning.
GIS based real-time monitoring of election activities to be performed in Gujarat Elections 2017.